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.
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.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Why Social Workers Study the Law: Knowledge for Practice 2. Exploring Jurisprudence: Legal Philosophy 3. The Development of the Law 4. The Practice of Law 5. The Litigation Process: Dissecting a Court Casel 6. Protection of Individuals and the Preservation of Social Order 7. How Courts Make Legal Decisions About People's Lives 8. Torts: How the Law Provides Compensation for Injury and Deters Unsafe Practicesl Work Practice 9. Contracts and Other Legal Issues in the Management of Social Work Practicea Private Practice Appendix: Legal Research Statutory Law Case Law Electronic Legal Research References Cases and Laws Cited Index