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Chapters fight state efforts to restructure licensing boards

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters have been opposing recent efforts by governors and legislatures around the country to restructure state social work licensing boards. The goal of state policymakers is to consolidate these boards with a variety of others state professional regulatory boards and subject them to centralized state oversight. Chapter leaders say this is a ... Read More »

Clients gain protection in landmark decision

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW member Karen Beyer made history 20 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor that social workers like her deserved the protection of psychotherapist-client privilege in the federal court system. It’s a legal interpretation that may be taken for granted today, but Beyer remembers she faced the potential of jail ... Read More »

NASW promotes health care access in Supreme Court case

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW members and other social workers were encouraged to appear outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, where the justices began oral arguments in the case Zubik v. Burwell. NASW joined an amicus brief in the case to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating ... Read More »

NASW social justice brief discusses Obama nominees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has issued a social justice brief regarding President Obama’s nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court in June. Mel Wilson, manager of the NASW Department of Social Justice and Human Rights, authored the brief, titled “President Obama Nominates Three to the D.C. Circuit Court: Why Should Social Workers Care?” Wilson points out that Obama’s ... Read More »

NASW files amicus brief in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

NASW, through its Legal Defense Fund, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The case involves whether the Indian Child Welfare Act applies to a private adoption initiated by a non-Indian parent. Previously, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that a Native American child could be not be ... Read More »

NASW staff, members join marriage equality rally

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW student member Walter “Allen” Pittinger-Dunham and his husband, Phillip R. Pittinger-Dunham, participated in a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 to show their support for marriage equality. They joined an enthusiastic crowd as the high court began hearings in two cases that support marriage equality in the U.S. “It was ... Read More »

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Ruling

The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on July 6, 2011, upheld a ruling that the federal government cannot force HIV/AIDS-prevention grant recipients to certify their agreement with the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act’s anti-prostitution statement.   Often referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge,” it reads: ‘No funds made available to carry out this Act may ... Read More »