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    Joint M.S.W./J.D. Program launched

    In September 2010, the Faculty of Law, the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Graduate Studies will welcome the first class of students into the new Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor Program.

    This new joint program aims to further promote the integration of law and social work through an interdisciplinary commitment to social justice. Students will complete course work in Law and Social Work and will earn both a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor degree.

    Dr. Chris Waters, Associate Dean of Law noted: "When a client walks into a law firm or clinic, he or she may have a complex bundle of legal and social problems. With our commitment to access to justice and experiential learning - all the while being theoretically grounded - Windsor is an obvious place to study these two disciplines in an integrated way."

    Tawnie Grayer wants to use the law to bring peace rather than inflame conflict. Grayer, who will begin studies in the Program this fall, has first-hand understanding of healing. "The perception of litigation is often misunderstood to be about deciding winners and losers. It doesn't have to be that way," she said. "The law can be about healing divisions."

    In 2002, an auto accident broke her back. Unable to return to work, the divorced mother of three returned to school, earning first a diploma in journalism at St. Clair College, then a UWindsor degree in communications and women's studies—she'll graduate at next week's Convocation ceremony. Her dedication and perseverance earned her one of 12 Equity Through Education Student Awards from the National Educational Association of Disabled Students.

    Her injuries make it painful for her to walk distances, and difficult for her to carry books or even take lecture notes, but Grayer hasn't let it slow her down. She has worked as a teaching assistant, founded the Women of Worth network to minister to women's spiritual and life needs, and finished atop her class in women's studies, all while raising her family. She is a natural fit for this new M.S.W./J.D. Program.

    Program Coordinator and Social Work Professor Suzanne McMurphy is excited about the launch of the Program. “This Program is critical to both the professions of law and social work. We look forward to welcoming Tawnie and her classmates this Fall.”


    Award winner: Tawnie Grayer received a national award of $3,000 towards the cost of her studies in the M.S.W./J.D. Program.

    A portion of this Article was first published in the Daily News and is published with permission.