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Social Work Practice and the Law 1st Edition

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""This is the first book to give social workers the tools to understand their clients' legal needs and rights and to address them collaboratively and effectively. Lyn Slater and Kara Finck ground their text in a comprehensive grasp of the legal system and the inequities of race, class, and gender that shape clients' experiences. Social Work Practice and the Law is a powerful call for social workers to be passionate and skillful advocates for their clients. Essential reading for social workers and lawyers alike who serve low-income people entangled in systems that so often fail them.""

Dorothy Roberts, JD

Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Northwestern University School of Law

Author, "Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare"

Based on the author's innovative and nationally recognized prototype for inter-professional work at Fordham University, this is the only volume about social work and the legal system that is written from the social worker's perspective. Devoid of ""legalese,"" the book is designed to help social workers develop the ability to reappraise, question, and challenge the law to best serve their clients. It aims to promote the development of a more strategic relationship with the legal system-a partnership that can achieve more creative and just solutions to social problems.

Exhaustive in scope, "Social Work and the Law" identifies current national and international trends and legal movements that support and invite inter-professional, critically competent social work participation. The book also identifies and explains the essential knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for the attainment of collaborative critical competence when interacting with the legal system. Each chapter includes vivid case studies based on actual collaborations that illustrate the application of theory to practice. Chapters also include legal, social work, and evidence-based resources. Key Features:

  • Promotes a proactive approach to the ways in which social workers can use law to promote clients' best interests
  • Addresses all domains of social work practice-child welfare, housing law, educational access, disability law, benefits, and more
  • Offers abundant case studies taken from the authors' real-life work
  • Devoid of ""legalese"" and written from a social worker's perspective


About the Author

Lyn Slater, MSW, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law. She currently co-teaches "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Child Abuse and Neglect" for graduate level law and social work students with a practicing attorney. She was the Supervising Social Worker at the Family Advocacy Clinic, Fordham University School of Law for ten years. She has presented extensively at legal education conferences regarding inter-professional practice. In previous positions, she served as director of the Child Sexual Abuse Project at Lawyers for Children (NY); and Consultant, The Bronx Defenders and Legal Services of New York.

Kara Finck, JD is the Managing Attorney of the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit with over 140 criminal and civil attorneys, social workers, parent advocates, investigators, administrative staff, and community programmers. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Past positions include: Associate Planner at the Vera Institute of Justice, and at The Bronx Defenders as a Planner overseeing community outreach and youth programs; law clerk for the Honorable Reginald Lindsay in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts; Skadden Fellow at The Door's Legal Services Center representing young people in foster care.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082611766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826117663
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was purchased for a Bachelors level course. When the book arrived it was appropriately packaged and came in mint condition. Through out the semester this book was used frequently for required reading and citations. The book itself is very well written and is an essential to any one going through a program which involves human services not just for social workers! Great book overall. I was very satisfied with my purchase.
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By Emeditator on February 19, 2013
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Used for a masters level course on social work and the Law. I think it should be required for all social workers, both students and those in the field. I am not usually impressed with textbooks but this one was worth it.
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This textbook is an embarrassment to college students and should be an embarrassment to the author(s). Always PROOFREAD!!!
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