Scott Franks is an associate at OKT. He assists in areas including Aboriginal administrative and constitutional law.
Scott has a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He graduated in the top 2% of his class and received rewards for academic excellence and highest standing in administrative, Aboriginal and constitutional law, and in evidence and criminal procedure. He is also an alumni of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan and is a recipient of the Roger Carter Leadership Award for Native People. Prior to joining OKT, Scott served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada.
While in law school, Scott was co-president of the Osgoode Indigenous Students Association and a senior editor with the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. He was one of the student coordinators for Osgoode’s first Anishinaabe Law Camp at Neyaashiinigmiing in collaboration with the Chippewas of Nawash. In his final year, he completed the Osgoode Intensive in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governance with the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal in Edmonton, Alberta, where he assisted tribunal members with their understanding of procedural fairness and substantive reasonableness. He has also represented Osgoode at the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Law Moot. In his first year, he volunteered with Pro-Bono Students Canada on a project with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation on the Toronto Purchase Agreement. Scott has worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General as a summer student in the Constitutional Law Branch and Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Law Branch.
Prior to law school, Scott was a research and policy consultant. He has worked on projects related to prejudice reduction and cultural competency training for victim services workers and health care practioners, Indigenous language revitalization policy, matrimonial property, Indian hospitals, and northern career development. While completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McGill University, Scott was an editor with Kanata, McGill’s Indigenous Studies Journal.
Scott is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Scott is Métis from a historic community in Saskatchewan.