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Wednesday, July 28

Social Workers and the Supreme Court

NASW Legal Defense Fund E-News Bulletin

Introduction
Several recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been issued for cases in which NASW filed or joined others in filing amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs, through the assistance of the NASW Legal Defense Fund. NASW and its Chapters file amicus briefs in ten to twelve appellate cases each year. A number of these cases are notable for their congruence with the policies advanced by NASW and the outcomes reinforce the importance of social worker participation in the legal process.

Social workers' passion for justice and commitment to advocacy on social issues puts them at the cutting edge of public policy debates. Social workers' positions on a wide range of issues are represented in the courts through the filing of an amicus curiae brief which present the court the findings of social science research and social policy arguments not be addressed by the parties to the lawsuit. This Legal Issue of the Month article reviews two recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in which NASW had filed amicus briefs.

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