David C. Yamada

Professor of Law and Director, New Workplace Institute and Co-Director Employment Law

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  • MA


David Yamada is a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School, where he is a globally recognized authority on workplace bullying and psychological abuse. He wrote the first comprehensive law review article on workplace bullying (Georgetown Law Journal, 2000), and his model legislation -- known as the Healthy Workplace Bill has become the template for enacted and proposed workplace anti-bullying laws and ordinances in the U.S.

Professor Yamada also is a leading expert on the intern economy, and his scholarship has significantly informed legal challenges to unpaid internships. His blog, Minding the Workplace, is a popular source of commentary about dignity at work, employment and labor law, and employee relations. Professor Yamada is a frequent featured speaker at conferences in fields such as employment law and policy, organizational psychology, and labor relations. He is often sought out by the media on these topics, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg, Associated Press, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and ProPublica.

His current pro bono service includes the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (founding board chair), Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (board member), Western Institute for Social Research (board vice chair), and Americans for Democratic Action (board member). He is the past chair of the AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law and a former editorial board member of the faculty-edited Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.

At Suffolk, Professor Yamada has served as the founding director of both the SPILG summer public service fellowship program and the Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Service. He has received multiple awards for his service to the student body. Professor Yamada earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served on the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics and received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contributions to the School of Law.

He practiced for six years as a public interest lawyer in New York City before entering legal academe. In recent years he has been honored for his work by Valparaiso University (Alumni Achievement Award), Americans for Democratic Action (Winn Newman Equality Award), and Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (Lifetime Achievement Award). 


Professional Activities

WORKPLACE BULLYING INSTITUTE, Bellingham, Washington (Affiliated Scholar); LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ASSOCIATION, Champaign, Illinois (Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section); AMERICANS FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION, Washington, DC (National Executive Committee; National Board); EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY JOURNAL, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Editorial Board); HUMAN DIGNITY & HUMILIATION STUDIES, Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (Global Advisory Board); MASSACHUSETTS JOBS WITH JUSTICE (Workers' Rights Board).




EVERYDAY PEOPLE, EVERYDAY LAW (1998) (An adult education legal literacy curriculum book developed by Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.)

Book Chapters

Workplace Bullying and the Law: Emerging Global Responses, in BULLYING AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE: DEVELOPMENTS IN THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE (2d ed., Stale Einarsen and Heige Hoel eds., 2010)

The Adult Educator as Public Intellectual, in CHALLENGING THE PROFESSIONALIZATION OF ADULT EDUCATION: JOHN OHLIGER AND CONTRADICTIONS IN MODERN PRACTICE (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Andre P. Grace and Tonette S. Rocco eds., 2009)

The Role of the Law in Combating Workplace Mobbing and Bullying, in WORKPLACE MOBBING IN ACADEME: REPORTS FROM TWENTY UNIVERSITIES (Kenneth Westhues ed., 2004)

Workplace Bullying and the Law: Towards a Transnational Consensus?, in BULLYING AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE (Stale Einarsen ed., 2003)


The Legal and Social Movement Against Unpaid Internships, NORTHEASTERN U. L.J. (forthcoming 2014)

Emerging American Legal Responses to Workplace Bullying, 22 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 329 (2013)

If It Matters, Write About It: Using Legal Scholarship to Effect Social Change, 1 BEARING WITNESS: J. L. & SOC. RESP. 41 (2013)

Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Practice of Legal Scholarship, 41 U. MEMPHIS L. REV. 121 (2010)

Workplace Bullying and American Employment Law: A Ten-Year Progress Report and Assessment, 32 COMP. LAB. L. & POL'Y J. 251 (2010)

Employment Law As If People Mattered: Bringing Therapeutic Jurisprudence into the Workplace, 11 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 257 (2010) (Symposium contribution)

The Looming Twenty-First Century Generation Gap: Economic Challenges Facing Younger Workers, 13 :2 PERSPECTIVES ON WORK 22 (2010)

Understanding and Responding to Bullying and Related Behaviors in Healthcare Workplaces, 25 :4 FRONTIERS OF HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT 33 (2009)

Human Dignity and American Employment Law, 43 U. RICH. L. REV. 523 (2009)

Introduction: The Employment and Labor Law Professor as Public Intellectual: Sharing Our Work with the World, 41 SUFFOLK. L. REV. 711 (2008)

Workplace Bullying and Ethical Leadership, 1 J. VALUES BASED LEADERSHIP 48 (Summer/Fall 2008)

Dignity, Rankism, and Hierarchy in the Workplace: Creating a "Dignitiarian" Agenda for American Employment Law, 28 BERKELEY J. EMP. & LAB. L. 305 (2007)

The Business Case against Workplace Bullying, BUSINESS FORUM ONLINE (2005)

Workplace Bullying: Legal and Policy Implications, 7 PERSPECTIVES ON WORK 44 (2004)

Note of Understanding, BOSTON GLOBE, May 30, at A29 (2004) (Guest Column, Education Section)

Global Perspectives on Workplace Harassment Law: Proceedings of the 2004 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 8 EMP. RTS. & EMP. POL'Y J. 151 (2004)

Symposium on Workplace Bullying, 8 EMP. RTS. & EMP. POL'Y J. 235-521 (2004) (Editor)

Crafting a Legislative Response to Workplace Bullying, 8 EMP. RTS. & EMP. POL'Y J. 475 (2004) (symposium contribution)

Workplace Bullying: Legal and Policy Implications, PERSPECTIVES ON WORK (2003) (Industrial Relations Research Ass'n.)


The Employment Law Rights of Student Interns, 35 CONN. L. REV. 215 (2002)

Brainstorming About Workplace Bullying: Potential Litigation Approaches on Behalf of Abused Employees, 16 EMP. ADVOC. 49 (2000)

The Phenomenon of “Workplace Bullying” and the Need for Status-Blind Hostile Work Environment Protection, 88 GEO. L.J. 475 (2000)

Voices from the Cubicle: Protecting and Encouraging Private Employee Speech in the Post-Industrial Workplace, 19 BERKELEY J. EMP. & LAB. L. 1 (1998)

An Economic General Gap: Internships, Student Loans and Other Signs of the New “Indentured Student” Class, 21 MASS DISSENT 1 (1998)

Same Old, Same Old: Law School Rankings and the Affirmation of Hierarchy, 31 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 249 (1997)

Beyond “Economic Realities”: The Case for Amending Federal Employment Discrimination Laws to Include Independent Contractors, 38 B.C.L. REV. 239 (1997) (with Lewis L. Maltby)

The Regulation of Pre-Employment Honesty Testing: Striking a Temporary(?) Balance Between Self-Regulation and Prohibition, 39 WAYNE L. REV. 1549 (1993)




THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT: RESTORING THE RIGHT OF WORKERS TO CHOOSE UNIONS ( 2004 ) (Policy Brief for the Democratic National Convention Delegates by the Americans for Democratic Action



Professor Yamada's SSRN Publications Page


  • BA, Valparaiso University, Indiana
  • MA, Empire State College
  • JD, New York University
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Courses Taught

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law Internship
  • Legislation
  • Public Interest Law Seminar