Lawyers and social workers working together: ethic of care and feminist legal practice in community law

Walsh, Tamara (2012) Lawyers and social workers working together: ethic of care and feminist legal practice in community law. Griffith Law Review, 21 3: 752-771. doi:10.1080/10383441.2012.10854761

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Author Walsh, Tamara
Title Lawyers and social workers working together: ethic of care and feminist legal practice in community law
Journal name Griffith Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-3441
1839-4205
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2012.10854761
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 752
End page 771
Total pages 20
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract In Australia, experimentation with, and literature on, interdisciplinary teams comprising lawyers and social workers has remained limited. This is despite the fact that many legal organisations employ social workers to support their practice. In many community legal settings, social workers work alongside lawyers in the delivery of socio-legal services. This article explores the nature and effectiveness of working relationships between lawyers and social workers in community legal centres in Brisbane, Australia. It draws on data obtained from interviews and focus groups with thirteen lawyers and eleven social workers working in community law settings. The group discussions focused on the strengths and weaknesses of collaborative models, and the features of successful lawyer-social worker partnerships. It is concluded that a commitment to feminist legal practice may be associated with positive working relationships, which hopefully will translate into successful outcomes for clients.
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