Journal of Law and Social Policy


Susan Noakes


Law--Study and teaching (Clinical education); Social work with criminals; Criminal justice, Administration of--Study and teaching (Higher); British Columbia

Document Type

Voices and Perspectives

English Abstract

Discusses “transformative social work in the criminal justice field” based on the observations and case experiences of the registered social worker on staff at the Holistic Lawyering Project at The Law Centre a clinical legal education program in Victoria, British Columbia through the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Examines the role of a social worker working with a law student and a client charged with a summary conviction offence under the Canadian Criminal Code. Provides an example of transformative change and highlights this challenging and empowering aspect of legal practice.