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Judicial Elections

Judicial Elections Overview

People often overlook voting for judicial candidates during the elections because their races are most likely not in the limelight. However, these races are just as important as any other race you are voting in! Judges decide many important cases that impact social workers.


In fact, in 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court heard Piro v McKeever. In this case, elected judges were faced with deciding something that would impact all social workers in North Carolina. The case would have determined if a 3rd party, which would be someone who is not your immediate client or seen by you but connected to a client, can sue you for harm done to them based on your actions with your client. NASW wrote an amicus brief in support of this social worker. In its review, the North Carolina Supreme Court was evenly split in its decision, which automatically resulted in the prior decisions being affirmed and the appellate court dismissing the case against the social worker. Because this ruling was split, it can be challenged in the future and NASW-NC will continue to advocate on your behalf. Read more about this case from NASW.


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