REDISCOVERING MY SOCIAL WORK ROOTS: A Professor's Odyssey to the Practice of Juvenile Law.

  • James G. McCullagh Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa


I trace my odyssey from my early years as an academic failure and a "disgrace to the Irish" to the profession of social work, an academic life, and to graduation from law school and the practice of juvenile law. My life-long quest for self-respect, largely and finally achieved, and the need to be of service to others and to make a difference again, provides my life with meaning that led me into the arms of social work 30 years earlier. The practice of juvenile law has resulted in new appreciation for the importance of the social work profession and the essential and valuable services of my social work colleagues. My debt to my law and social work profession is being repaid, I hope, through my work as an academic, in the classroom, and in the practice of juvenile law. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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