Tag Archives: supreme court

NASW Commends Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling today that clears the way for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. In a 5-4 majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy in Obergerfell v. Hodges, the court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires the states to license a marriage between two people of ... Read More »

NASW members joining Voting Rights rally in Roanoke, Va. on June 25

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members on Thursday June 25 will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park to join civil rights groups and voting rights advocates in a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). June 25 markets the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Threatened: Here’s How You Can Help Save It

Many social workers may be unaware that on November 14 the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the case King v. Burwell, which challenges the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In previous challenges to ACA, the opposition questioned the constitutionality of the individual mandate required in the law. However, this more recent case does not ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Senate to Confirm Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General

The U.S. Senate will soon decide whether to confirm Debo Adegbile to serve as assistant attoney general in charge of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is one 75 organizations that signed a letter to Senate leadership urging confirmation of Adegbile. NASW is  also active in the Debo Nomination Coalition. There are several important ... Read More »

NASW hopes U.S. Supreme Court will uphold safety zones around reproductive health facilities

The National Association of Social Workers and its Massachusetts Chapter are closely watching the U.S. Supreme Court case McCullen v. Coakley and hope the court will rule in favor of keeping safety buffer zones around reproductive health care facilities in Massachusetts. The court on Jan. 15 will hear oral arguments on whether the law is constitutional. A ruling is expected ... Read More »

In aftermath of Supreme Court ruling, NASW urging members to work to restore voters’ rights

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is concerned a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could be a major setback to voters’ rights and voter protections. NASW urges the U.S. Congress to pass laws to restore voter protections and is asking its 140,000 members to work with grassroots organizations to preserve voting rights. In addition, NASW is part of the Leadership ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »

Human Rights and the Judiciary

The elections are over, and it’s time to examine how these results will affect the judiciary branch of government: U.S. Supreme Court The lower courts (such as the Appeals Courts) Special Courts (such as U.S. Tax Courts) Court Support Organizations (such as the U.S. Sentencing Commission) Including the nine Supreme Court Justices, there are 874 judgeships in the judiciary branch—all ... Read More »

Court ruling supports NASW friend of the court brief

The New Jersey Supreme Court in September ruled in favor of requiring greater specificity from prosecutors when they seek to waive youth into the adult criminal court system. The ruling is a victory for NASW and other organizations that joined in filing an amicus brief in the case State in the Matter of V.A. The brief, which was led by ... 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 »