Law and Social Work Practice

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Law and Social Work Practice

SKU# 9780826148919

A Legal Systems Approach, Second Edition

Author: Raymond Albert MSW, JD


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This completely rewritten and updated new edition of a practical text continues to provide a firm introduction to law and legal processes and their relation to social work practice. Using Clinton's welfare reform act of 1996, Albert provides a conceptual framework to illustrate how socio-legal problems emerge in the welfare state, and presents the skills base necessary for effective social work response. A new section on socio-legal issues highlights many fields where social worker-lawyer partnerships can occur, such as civil rights and advocacy, the death penalty, liability for neglect in nursing homes, informed consent and medical treatment, and much more. Filled with techniques for reading and understanding judicial opinion, legislative statues, and bills, this new edition will appeal to all professors of law and social work courses, as well as courses on the welfare state.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 16, 2000
  • Page Count 560
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826148919
  • EISBN 9780826148926

Table of Contents 

  1. An Introduction to Legal Processes
  2. Law and the Social Environment
  3. The Judicial Process: The Nature of Case Law
  4. The Judicial Process: Introduction to Civil Procedure
  5. The Legislative Process
  6. The Interpretation of Legislation: The Search for Legislative Intent
  7. The Implementation of Legislation
  8. The Administrative Process
  9. The Skills Dimension
  10. Social Work Advocacy in Legislative and Administrative Processes
  11. Legal Research Resources and Techniques
  12. Court Testimony and Evidence
  13. Privileged Communications and Worker-Client Relations
  14. Social Work
  15. Social Work Privilege in Federal Courts: Deconstructing Jaffe v. Redmond
  16. Socio-Legal Issues in Social Work Practice
  17. Social Worker - Lawyer Partnerships: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  18. Second Parent Adoptions and Same-Sex Relationships, L. Golay and R. Albert
  19. The Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, C. Bangs and R. Albert
  20. Informed Consent to Medical Treatment, R. Long and R. Albert
  21. Liability for Neglect in Nursing Homes, I. Warner and R. Albert
  22. Imposing the Death Penalty on Juveniles, A. Adson and R. Albert
  23. Charitable Organizations and Lobbying, M. Campbell and R. Albert
  24. Lobbying Reform and Nonprofit Organizations: Policy Images and Constituent Policy, M.J. Wyszomirski
  25. Restrictions to legal Services for the Poort, C. Ormerod and R. Albert