Social workers join Legal Aid

Getting social work support for Maryland Legal Aid clients in Baltimore  has been a priority for at least 10 years–and this fall, it became a reality: Four University of Maryland School of  Social Work graduate students–candidates for  master’s degrees–began working in the Administrative Law Unit of Legal Aid in September under the supervision of  Liz Pickus LCSW-C, a professor at the UM School of Social Work.

“This is the first time the School of Social Work has placed students in a law firm, and so it is an experiment,” said chief attorney Cornelia Bright Gordon. “Our staff have requested assistance with home visits, photography of housing conditions, application assistance of all sorts, landlord negotiation, medical appointment and case worker coverage, and much, much more. The social workers will be supporting the entire Baltimore City general practice, including, and especially, at intake.”

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