Clinical and Forensic Social Work practice is designed to assist you and your
clients with an array of legal social work services including federal and state
mitigation investigation for trial, appeal and habeas cases, testifying as
an expert, child custody and psychosocial evaluations of juveniles and adults,
creating alternative sentencing plans for state and federal courts, and assessing
the need for neurological, psychiatric, psychological and or medical evaluation
by additional experts.
I coordinate the referral, admission and monitoring
of defendants undergoing psychiatric, substance abuse and medical treatment
for pretrial and sentencing purposes, prepare clients and witnesses for court
and trial appearance and consult in the voir dire process.
I work closely with
clients, investigators and attorneys to develop and maintain good communications
and to find and interview important witnesses. I research and write social
histories, conduct psychosocial evaluations and assist with obtaining medical,
psychiatric, substance abuse, employment, birth, death, education and other
My written and verbal reports for judges, attorneys
and inves- tigators, help coordinate communication and organization of cases.
My Power Point presentations and other graphic visual aids creatively portray
the mitigation story in court.
I have testified in federal court in Florida
and State court in Compton, CA, and worked as a defense mitigator on numerous
capital trials and appeals in Louisiana and California. I have been retained
by the Los Angeles Public Defender, private and panel attorneys at the state
and federal levels.
Sydney Mason, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCS 21375
6230 Wilshire Blvd. #1122
Los Angeles, California 90048-5104
Tel and Fax: (323) 938-0119
Cell Phone: (310) 433-4834