Nedda Black, L.M.S.W., J.D., works in private practice as an attorney, investigator, mediator, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Black has extensive training and experience as a mediator, investigator, and educator, and has provided legal counsel and training to educational institutions and employers, focusing on Title IX, Title VII, and other legal aspects of higher-education administration and employment since 2012. Ms. Black has worked with educational institutions and employers to develop more effective behavioral-intervention and risk-management strategies. Ms. Black has provided a broad range of alternative dispute-resolution (ADR) services and an equally broad range of workplace-based and school-based investigations for clients throughout the country, involving everything from personnel disputes and workplace conflict to allegations of civil rights violations, discrimination, bias, hate speech, bullying, stalking, domestic violence, ethics violations, sexual violence, and sexual and professional misconduct. Ms. Black has graduate degrees from both New York University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law, has served on the Advisory Board to ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators), and works as a consultant to The NCHERM Group, LLC. Ms. Black is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and she is leader of the Southern California branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-US). Ms. Black is also a graduate of California State University. She is licensed to practice law in the state of California and the District of Columbia.
Prior to 2012, Ms. Black worked as a licensed master social worker in New York City, with special focus on trauma, including survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, gang violence, prison violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, neglect, and molestation. She worked in a multitude of settings, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Medical Center, with children, adolescents, women, and men confronting a number of conditions and diagnoses, from acute and debilitating physical and/or mental illness to addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), long-term disability, and personality disorders. Having provided psychodynamic psychotherapy and crisis intervention in these settings, Ms. Black gained extensive experience understanding the etiology and long-term effects of trauma and the need for adequate services to address those effects. Ms. Black has continued to fulfill her passion for direct services through extensive volunteer work with the homeless and for a variety of social justice causes. Ms. Black also continues to expand on her education and training in the field of clinical mental health services.