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Stroud appointed to ASI board of directors

By Rena Malai, News staff Diana Stroud was appointed to the NASW Assurance Services (ASI) board of directors in July, replacing  Paul D’Agustino, whose term expired. “Paul was a terrific leader, and was instrumental in helping to launch ASI during his term,” said Tony Benedetto, ASI’s executive vice president. D’Agustino is now chairman of NASWIC. Stroud, MSW, is the assistant ... Read More »

International social work organizations meet in Sweden

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW leaders joined social workers from around the world at the Joint World Conference of Social Work and Social Development, held in July in Stockholm. The theme for the global event was “action and impact.” It brought together the three major global social work organizations: the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the ... Read More »

Jill Biden announces NASW’s commitment to Joining Forces initiative

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator, spoke to social workers during NASW’s national Hope conference in July about their role in helping service members, veterans and their families cope with the effects of war — and she announced NASW’s commitment to support and advance this role. NASW has ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on other cases important to social work

By Paul R. Pace, News staff In addition to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court in June handed down decisions in two other cases that are important to NASW and social workers. The high court struck down the majority of Arizona’s immigration policy that critics charged as being excessive. NASW’s Legal Defense Fund facilitated NASW’s participation in ... Read More »

Hope is key message of NASW conference

By Paul R. Pace and Rena Malai, News staff Nearly 1,000 social workers from 12 countries carried home the message that “social work is the profession of hope” from NASW’s national practice conference “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work.” The gathering, held July 22-25 in Washington, D.C., provided an opportunity to learn, network and renew social workers’ commitment to ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act promises good things, faces hurdles

By Rena Malai, News staff Social workers celebrated on June 28 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which paves the way for more than 30 million uninsured people to have health care coverage. The landmark ruling also has the potential to create more jobs for social workers. But the law — most of ... Read More »

NASW active at Association of Oncology Social Work’s annual conference

NASW News blog exclusive: NASW Senior Practice Associate Stacy Collins participated in three presentations at the Association of Oncology Social Work’s 28th annual conference May 30 to June 1 in Boston. In the session “The Importance of Advocacy Leadership for Oncology Social Workers,” Collins was joined by Carol Trust, executive director of the NASW Massachusetts Chapter. They discussed the status ... Read More »

Brief filed in death penalty post-conviction case

The NASW Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in May on behalf of the association in support of a petition for certiorari in a death penalty post-conviction case. The brief seeks to have the U.S. Supreme Court accept the case, Abdur’Rahman v. Colson, for review. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is on death row because of his counsel’s failure to offer the ... Read More »

Legal Defense Fund 40th: Special content offered

By Rena Malai, News Staff In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the NASW Legal Defense Fund has introduced new content to its web page, and enhanced its fundraising and marketing capabilities to improve services for NASW members. The web page now offers a special 40th anniversary section, where members can view an LDF video project that includes interviews with social ... Read More »