Why Us

We Support our Community

Founded by Sheila M. Wilkinson, Law & Social Work is dedicated to providing affordable, fun, engaging and informative continuing education opportunities. Our focus is on the intersection between law and (you guessed it) social work! Law & Social Work is the educational arm of Sheila’s Hybrid Louisiana Law Firm, SMWPLC. Sheila is an Attorney, Social Worker, Educator and Empowerment Coach.

Because we are focused on you, we are able to provide you with a tailored experience. If you’re looking for boring corporate seminars, then we are not for you.

However, if you’re looking for an opportunity to learn something new, take that knowledge with you to work the next day, and have some fun in the process, then we are definitely the continuing education provider you’ve been looking for!

Law & Social Work is the only Indigenous Woman-Owned, Indigenous Women-Run, Inclusive Continuing Education company out there. If you know of another, let us know so we can partner with them!

We care about you, your clients and your organizations, and we want you to be the best person and professional you can be! We strive to offer you unique and engaging CEU options because we care about the quality of CEU in our state for our social workers. The continuing ed that you get directly affects our community’s ability to grow and succeed. You’re not just a number with us – you’re part of the family.

To top it all off, we support our community by donating a portion of the program fees to local nonprofits that are making our community a better place to live and work. We like to highlight organizations that you might not have known about while also providing them with new opportunities for exposure, too. 🙂

For over 15 years, through your registrations from our continuing education events, you’ve been able to support the following nonprofits:

  1. Resolve Mediation Group, dedicated to empowering our community through swift and affordable conflict resolution options
  2. Save our Cemeteriesdedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of New Orleans’ historic cemeteries through restoration, education, and advocacy (in thanks to Jerry Schoen, our amazing host at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home!)
  3. Seasons Grief & Loss Center, dedicated to specialized bereavement programs for our community’s healing as a whole, and especially for our youth
  4. ArtSpot Productions, a social justice advocacy through performing arts, including empowering incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated women of color
  5. Young Leadership Council (YLC), developing young leadership and empowerment through community service projects Electric Girls, building girls’ confidence and capabilities through STEM
  6. Junebug Productions, creating and supporting artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community
  7. JCFA, providing students an alternative path to earning a high school diploma in a safe and nurturing environment
  8. Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, expanding access to educational opportunities for Jefferson Public Schools’ students through Scholarships and Academic Support

Want to have your nonprofit considered for a donation? Email us: ceu@smwplc.com. Tell us who you are, your role, and what your nonprofit does to meet its mission.

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Our Founder, Sheila M. Wilkinson

About the Team

Some of our CEU Feedback

  • “Very informative and engaging!”
  • “Really informative! Thank you also for not just letting people tell personal stories for hours.”
  • “Very dynamic, learned & informative speaker!!”
  • “Sheila is outstanding!”
  • “I will use this both professionally and in my personal life”
  • “Awesome presenter!”
  • “I have learned a lot of new information to give my clients”
  • “This class was great. I learned more than I expected, which is very relevant and useful to my clients and personal life.”
  • “[Sheila] more than met my expectations. Over the phone, I thought [she’s] so enthusiastic, it’s contagious. I was right and then some.”
  • “I was truly pleased with this CEU, learned a lot in reference to the different types of laws and how they truly don’t just address equality.”

Select Undergraduate & Graduate Student Feedback

  • “Ms. Wilkinson was a breath of fresh air for me. I don’t know where to start. Great instructor, great person! Thank You! Ms. Wilkinson provided me with the insightful and observant feedback and encouragement that helped me to re-group and to become focused. She was always prepared and the she provided the class with exercises that gave insight to the applications of the material. My regret is that I only had her for one class and that I can’t finish my last class with her. I would be able to end my stay at the university on a positive note.”
  • “Ms. Sheila Wilkinson is an excellent instructor. Make no mistake she is strict. However, now that we are at the end of our course, I just accept it as her pushing her students to their maximum potential.”
  • “Great instructor, she made an uninteresting subject very interesting. She challenged us, and allowed us to learn Employment Law in its practical sense.”
  • “Excellent instructor to teach this course. From the first class, I could tell the instructor, Ms. Wilkinson, knew the material and brought a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the class.”
  • “Just wanted to thank you for your valuable feedback and kind words on the final presentation, but also for the course in general. I feel motivated, rewarded and more confident, but most of all I feel that I have learned quite a lot. Thanks again for everything and I shall definitely take your feedback into account going forward!”
  • “Sheila Wilkinson is a great teacher. She creates interactive scenarios, which is great so the students can sort of get a feel about what happens in a real scenario.”

Select Colleague Kudos & Feedback

  • From Lee B.: “My daughter asked, “Is she always so positive?” My reply was “Always.” Thanks for embodying “all things work together for the good.” Amen.”
  • From Barbara H.: “Sheila is a model faculty member who consistently hosts her classes with a variety of approaches and activities that engages students, peaks their interests in a way that has them remaining in class for a full evening.”
  • From Melissa L.: “Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have displayed over the years! You’ve had a difference on countless lives!”
  • From Judi V.: “Sheila, congratulations on reaching 5 years as a facilitator for the Metairie Learning Center. We appreciate your commitment to changing the lives of our students, their families and future generations through higher education.”
  • From Lee B.: “Sheila, Thanks for embodying the virtue of inclusive community.”
  • From Heather C.: “Thank you for going out of your way to give us the extra assistance we need to be more successful in our everyday lives! You make it easier for each of us to achieve our ultimate goals!! Team work truly makes the dream work! You’re amazing!!!”
  • From Christine G.: “Together, we are living the “Short Mission: We change the lives of our students, their families and future generations through higher education.” It’s a pleasure to work as part of your team!”