About this Blog and NWI

Welcome to Minding the Workplace, the blog of the New Workplace Institute.  This blog, hosted and written by David Yamada, 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

David Yamada is 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 dyamada@suffolk.edu.


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.


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.

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 and a current national board member.

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.