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Legal System

Robert G. Madden

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.221

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The law is a powerful force in all aspects of contemporary American society. The legal system furnishes the context and procedures for the creation and enforcement of laws to resolve disputes, protect rights, and generally to maintain order. Social workers are expected to understand the basic workings of the legal system. Knowledge of the legal system provides the foundation to support social workers to undertake social justice initiatives, to give voice to vulnerable client populations, and to work for legal rules that support good social work practice.

Keywords: constitution; federalism; social justice; liberty; equality; civil rights; due process; balance of powers

Article.  3109 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Justice ; Practical Ethics ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Policy and Advocacy

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