About this Blog and NWI

Welcome to Minding the Workplace, the blog of the New Workplace Institute.  This blog is dedicated to news and commentary about work and employment relations.  Dignity at work, workplace bullying, employment & labor law, and psychologically healthy work environments are recurring themes.

Blog Host

The host of the blog is David Yamada, a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.  David is an internationally recognized authority on the legal aspects of workplace bullying, and he is author of model anti-bullying legislation — dubbed the Healthy Workplace Bill — that has become the template for law reform efforts across the country.  In addition to teaching at Suffolk, he holds numerous leadership positions in non-profit and policy advocacy organizations.

David’s full bio on the Suffolk website can be accessed here.

David’s c.v. can be accessed here.

David’s scholarly articles can be accessed, free of charge, here.

If you have suggestions for topics, relevant research studies that you think might be ripe for summarizing, etc., please e-mail David at david_yamada@yahoo.com.

DISCLAIMER: LEGAL ADVICE

Although this blog discusses legal topics at times, it does so for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.  Those seeking legal advice should consult the Need Help page of this blog.

NEW WORKPLACE INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP

The New Workplace Institute is fortunate to have the support of an outstanding group of individuals who serve as board members and advisory committee members.

(All affiliations are provided for identification purposes only.  Service as a board member or advisory committee member does not imply agreement with the opinions expressed in this blog — diversity of opinion is a good thing!)

NWI Board of Directors

Other members of the NWI board include:

Denise Doherty – Denise is a veteran of the aviation industry, having worked for over 20 years in a wide variety of management and line positions for a major airline.  She organized and implemented airline employee support programs in Boston following the attacks of September 11, 2001.  She has a special interest in organizational behavior and in supporting psychologically healthy work environments.

Evelyn Haralampu – Evelyn is a partner and director of the employee benefits practice at the Boston law firm of Burns & Levinson.  She is widely respected for her expertise in employee benefits, including being named a “Massachusetts Superlawyer” based on a survey of Massachusetts attorneys and election as Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s ERISA/Employee Benefits Committee.

Gisele Michel – Gisele has served as development director of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immigration services and advocacy and as principal of her own consulting and coaching firm.  She also was a founding co-chair of the City-Wide Dialogues on Boston’s Ethnic & Racial Diversity.

Jeffrey Rosin – Jeff is a partner in the Boston office of Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP, a national law firm specializing in employment law.  He has represented individuals and companies in a wide variety of employment matters.  For two consecutive years he has been named a “Massachusetts Rising Star” in the legal community by Boston Magazine.  An emerging author, his first mystery, Lipstick’s Legacy, was published in 2005.

Ann Rudy – Ann is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School with significant experience in the non-profit sector, currently an organizer on health care policy at Community Catalyst.  Her independent study paper, “Out of the Asylum and Into the Workplace: Employment Discrimination Against the Mentally Ill,” was one of the primary inspirations behind the Institute’s Safety Net Project.

James Whitters III – Jim is a long-time Boston attorney, having earned partnership status with major Boston law firms.  A devoted civic activist, he has provided significant pro bono efforts to reform politics and non-profit organizations, including service on the boards of the Massachusetts NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

NWI Advisory Committee

Brandie Conforti (Partners in Health)
Russ Davis (Jobs with Justice)
James Green (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Ronald Gross (Columbia University Seminars)
Susan Harthill (Florida Coastal School of Law)
Loraleigh Keashly (Wayne State University)
Georgia Katsoulomitis (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)
Dan King (Career Planning & Management, Inc.)
Lisa-Marie Mulkern (Non-Profit Administrator)
Gary Namie (Workplace Bullying Institute)
Ruth Namie (Workplace Bullying Institute)
Joel Neuman (SUNY-New Paltz)
Jorge Srabstein (George Washington University School of Medicine)
Lamont Stallworth (Loyola University Chicago)
Melissa Walsh (Massachusetts Life Sciences Center)
Kenneth Westhues (University of Waterloo)

AFFILIATIONS

David is affiliated with several organizations that are relevant to this blog, the New Workplace Institute, and employment relations in general.  In order to inform readers of pertinent associations, they are listed here:

Workplace Bullying Institute — The Workplace Bullying Institute is the leading North American organization dedicated to prevention of, and responding to, workplace bullying.  It was founded by Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie. David has been an affiliated scholar with WBI since 1998.

International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence — Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) is a theoretical framework that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of the law and legal systems. David is a regular presenter at TJ programs and workshops and has published law review articles on TJ themes.

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies — Human DHS is a global network of scholars, practitioners, and activists hosted by Columbia University that is committed to affirming personal dignity and addressing humiliation in all contexts.  David is a member of its global advisory committee.

Labor and Employment Relations Association — LERA is a non-partisan, multidisciplinary research and education organization for employment relations scholars and practitioners.  David currently serves as an officer of its Employment and Labor Law Section and on the editorial advisory board of LERA’s membership magazine, Perspectives on Work.

Americans for Democratic Action — ADA is a national advocacy and policy group founded in 1947 by leading liberals such as Eleanor Roosevelt and John Kenneth Galbraith.  David is the former chairperson of its national executive committee.

About the name of the blog: The name Minding the Workplace was inspired by an excellent book, Anthony G. Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner, Minding the Law (2000), in which the co-authors use psychological insights to analyze the work of lawyers and judges.