Law and Social Work Practice: A Legal Systems Approach, by Raymond Albert MSW JD

By Raymond Albert MSW JD

This thoroughly rewritten and up to date new version of a realistic textual content keeps to supply a company advent to legislation and criminal tactics and their relation to social paintings perform. utilizing Clinton's welfare reform act of 1996, Albert presents a conceptual framework to demonstrate how socio-legal difficulties emerge within the welfare country, and offers the abilities base valuable for potent social paintings reaction. a brand new part on socio-legal concerns highlights many fields the place social worker-lawyer partnerships can happen, akin to civil rights and advocacy, the demise penalty, legal responsibility for overlook in nursing houses, trained consent and clinical therapy, and masses extra. full of innovations for examining and realizing judicial opinion, legislative statues, and debts, this re-creation will attract all professors of legislations and social paintings classes, in addition to classes at the welfare nation.

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Thus, in settling disputes, the law aims at a result that is fair and socially desirable. A good deal of criminal law carries out ethical precepts of conduct—many of which are in the Ten Commandments. In tort law, many of the principles concerning either negligent or intentional infliction of injury may be traced to the Golden Rule. The obligation to keep one's promises is an ethical obligation. Similarly, the agencies I mentioned as being concerned with improving the legal system have had as goals not only increased efficiency but also more socially desirable results.

These may be disputes between private parties, or between a private party and a government unit or official, or between different government units or officials. Many government administrative agencies also engage in adjudicative dispute settling. But it is worth remembering that private individuals functioning in the area of labor arbitration and commercial arbitration already account for a larger number of dispute settlements per year than do all the courts of the nation. Here too, however, the courts play a role—they can be called on to enforce the arbitration award, and sometimes to enforce an agreement to arbitrate.

The answer, I think, is definitely yes. 11 12 An Introduction to Legal Processes Most of the functions already mentioned have a clear ethical dimension. Thus, in settling disputes, the law aims at a result that is fair and socially desirable. A good deal of criminal law carries out ethical precepts of conduct—many of which are in the Ten Commandments. In tort law, many of the principles concerning either negligent or intentional infliction of injury may be traced to the Golden Rule. The obligation to keep one's promises is an ethical obligation.

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