Essential Law for Social Workers

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Columbia University Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Social Science - 216 pages
Whether protecting their own rights or those of their clients, or navigating the juvenile justice, immigration, or welfare systems, social workers confront legal issues every day. This book explores legal concepts, legal reasoning, and legal processes—illustrated with case vignettes from social work practice—in order to provide social work practitioners and students with practical and accessible legal knowledge. It introduces readers to scholarship about the law and to conceptual knowledge that can be applied to any interaction with the legal system. Social workers are thereby enabled to "think like a lawyer" and increase their effectiveness. The volume features a discussion of recent reform movements, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, and an appendix of sources for legal information and research on the law.
 

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Contents

Knowledge for Practice
1
Legal Philosophy
17
3 The Development of the Law
39
4 The Practice of Law
58
Dissecting a Court Case
77
6 Protection of Individuals and the Preservation of Social Order
96
7 How Courts Make Legal Decisions About Peoples Lives
108
How the Law Provides Compensation for Injury and Deters Unsafe Practices
124
9 Contracts and Other Legal Issues in the Management of Social Work Practice
131
Legal Research
151
References
157
Cases and Laws Cited
167
Index
169
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Robert G. Madden is a professor of social work at Saint Joseph College and a consultant for the Children's Law Center. He is the author of Legal Issues in Social Work and Counseling and Mental Health.

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