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Law School alumna receives award from  Ontario Bar Association

Mon 17 July 2023

Frankie Wood

Frances “Frankie” Wood was recently awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Joel Kuchar award for professionalism and civility.

Frankie who graduated from Edinburgh Law School, is currently a partner at Wood Gold, a firm that aims to be an alternative to the traditional law firm, achieving a work-life balance and building a diverse workplace.

Frankie received her award for professionalism and civility at the award gala on 31 May 2023. The award recognises those who consistently demonstrate exemplary commitment to the ideals of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

She told Law Times: "I think I’ve just always done all of these things because it feels like the right thing, but also because I'm trying to create both a world and a profession that I feel happier living in. I don’t think of it as being anything special or anything different.

"The hope is that we’re going to be in this career for 30 or 40 or more years of our lives. And it’s terrible to think that many people are miserable a lot of the time.

"That’s no way to live, so I really have made it my mission to be pleasant in my exchanges with other counsel, just to try and get the best of us out of it."

She believes in building good relationships with colleagues (even opposing counsel) and with clients. Frankie feels that being able to put aside court room differences after a case makes the profession more enjoyable to work in. She also believes that being able to argue for your clients in a calm and professional manner, without resorting to personal attacks makes court cases easier as both counsel members can focus purely on their clients’ problems.

Frankie frequently mentors other lawyers, especially young lawyers practicing in her local area and is a member of multiple associations including, Peel Law Association, Federation of Law Associations and the Ontario Bar Association. She is also on the board of directors of Luke’s Place, an organization that provides legal services to women who have experienced domestic violence and are going through the legal system.