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Essential Law for Social Workers

ISBN-10: 0231123213

ISBN-13: 9780231123211

Edition: 2003

Authors: Robert G. Madden

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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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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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
Why Social Workers Study the Law: Knowledge for Practice
Participation in the Legal System
The Nature of the Law
Learning About the Law
Inductive Reasoning: From Practice Problems to Legal Principles
Exploring Jurisprudence: Legal Philosophy
Naturalism
Legal Positivism
Schools of Legal Thought
Recent Legal Reform Movements
The Development of the Law
Judicial, Legislative, and Administrative Processes
Comparing Criminal and Civil Law Procedures
The Structure of the Court System
Rules and Cases: Common Law Development
The Practice of Law
The Advocacy System and the Roles of Legal Professionals
Introduction to Legal Reasoning
Legal Knowledge for Social Workers
The Litigation Process: Dissecting a Court Case
The Stages of a Lawsuit or Criminal Trial
Protection of Individuals and the Preservation of Social Order
Constitutional Protections and American Values
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Influencing Legal Policy
How Courts Make Legal Decisions About People's Lives
Balancing Legal Rights and Social Needs
The Process and Orientation of Family and Juvenile Courts
The Process and Orientation of Probate Court
Judicial Responses to Social Problems
Torts: How the Law Provides Compensation for Injury and Deters Unsafe Practices
Elements of Negligence and Malpractice Actions
Intentional Torts
Benefits to Social Work Practice
Contracts and Other Legal Issues in the Management of Social Work Practice
Basic Principles of Contract Law
Contracts with Clients: Informed Consent
Contracts with Managed-Care Organizations
Legal Issues in Agency Management
Legal Issues in the Business of a Private Practice
Legal Research
Statutory Law
Case Law
Electronic Legal Research
References
Cases and Laws Cited
Index