Essential Law for Social Workers

Robert G. Madden

Columbia University Press

Essential Law for Social Workers

Pub Date: October 2003

ISBN: 9780231123211

216 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $34.00£28.00

Pub Date: October 2003

ISBN: 9780231123204

216 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $105.00£88.00

Pub Date: October 2003

ISBN: 9780231508995

216 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $33.99£28.00

Essential Law for Social Workers

Robert G. Madden

Columbia University Press

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.
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

About the Author

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.