1983 …2014
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Sandra Kopels received her JD and MSW degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed attorney. She is currently a professor at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the U of I faculty, she was Director of the Legal Advocacy Service of the State of Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. Her research and teaching focuses on legal and ethical issues as they affect social work clients and practitioners. She has lectured extensively on subjects related to the confidentiality and disclosure of client information. Presently, Professor Kopels serves as the Managing Editor of the School of Social Work Journal and a reviewer for numerous social work journals. Professor Kopels serves as a board member of the State of Illinois Child Welfare Employee Licensure Board and has been appointed as a Trustee for the National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund. She has received repeated recognition from the University of Illinois for her excellent teaching. Dr. Kopel’s interests include legal issues for social workers, confidentiality, duty to warn, ethics, special education, and substitute decision-making.

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Research Output 1983 2014

Wedded to the status quo: Same-sex marriage after Baehr v. Lewin

Kopels, S. L., Jul 16 2014, Violence and Social Injustice Against Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People. Taylor and Francis, p. 69-82 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Schizophrenia and filicide

Ostler, T. & Kopels, S., Feb 1 2010, In : Current Women's Health Reviews. 6, 1, p. 58-62 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Social work records

Kagle, J. D. & Kopels, S. L., 2008, 3rd ed. ed. Long, Grove, Ill: Waveland Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Campus mental health services: Recommendations for change

Mowbray, C. T., Megivern, D., Mandiberg, J. M., Strauss, S., Stein, C. H., Collins, K. D., Kopels, S. L., Curlin, C. & Lett, R., Apr 1 2006, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 76, 2, p. 226-237 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Mental Health Services
Mental Illness
Mental Health

The Supreme Court's pre-emptive strike against patients' rights to sue their HMOs

Kopels, S. L. & Manselle, T., May 18 2006, In : Social Work in Health Care. 43, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Health Maintenance Organizations
Managed Care Programs
Patient Rights
Supreme Court Decisions
Health Services Accessibility