Legal Resources for NASW Members


LDF 40th Anniversary: 40 Years of Defending Social Work
1972 - 2012

Learn about the history of NASW’s Legal Defense Fund and the important cases and causes that member contributions have supported since 1972.  Discover an interactive LDF history timeline (coming soon!), watch video commentary by social work leaders, and contribute to the “$40 for the 40th” campaign.

Legal Issue of the Month:  100 Free Articles


Legal Reference Publications:  General Counsel Law Note Series

Find answers to legal questions commonly asked by social workers, including subpoenas, confidentiality, requests for records, HIPAA, Skype, mental health parity, LGBT rights, equal protection, the death penalty and much more!  Ordering information for NASW’s legal reference booklets, providing legal research and analysis for the social work profession.  Topics include child abuse reporting, confidentiality, school social work, children’s rights, managed care, expert witnesses, alternative dispute resolution, clinical notes, anti-trust and the juvenile justice system.

Legal Briefs Filed by NASW:  Archive of 300+ cases


Law and Ethics Continuing Education Programs

Access the legal briefs filed by NASW in significant cases across the country and in the Supreme Court.  Searchable by state or party name.

This resource center provides links to NASW’s online continuing education programs on legal and ethical topics for social workers, including HIPAA compliance training. 

Financial Assistance with Legal Expenses: Apply for a Grant


Help with HIPAA

Printable LDF application for members to request financial assistance with legal expenses.  Application requirements and criteria for financial assistance are included here.

Get answers to your HIPAA questions at “HIPAA Highlights for Social Workers,” NASW’s online HIPAA resource center.  Sample HIPAA forms and office policies, legal articles, links to laws and regulations and online training.

About the NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF)


About the NASW Social Work Ethics & Law Institute (SWELI)

Provides an overview and description of the LDF.

SWELI was created by the LDF to develop educational and special projects focused on legal and ethical issues for social workers.  This is an overview of SWELI’s mission and history, with links to twice-weekly legal and ethical updates.
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