Professor of Law & Director, New Workplace Institute



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

Bar Admittance

  • NY (inactive)
  • MA


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


PROFESSOR DAVID YAMADA is a tenured Professor of Law and founding Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on the legal and organizational implications of workplace bullying. He wrote the first comprehensive law review article on workplace bullying and American employment law Georgetown Law Journal, 2000 and has drafted the Healthy Workplace Bill, model anti bullying legislation that has been introduced in some 25 state legislatures. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Workplace Bullying Institute since 1998. In addition to being a frequent speaker at national and international conferences in law and psychology, his work has been covered in leading periodicals such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Business Week, and ABA Journal.


In addition, Professor Yamada is a recognized expert on the employment law implications of internships. He wrote one of the first law review articles on the rights of interns Connecticut Law Review, 2002, and he is a sought after interviewee on the topic, having been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, In These Times, Associated Press, and other news outlets. He has served as an ongoing resource person and commentator for ProPublica's investigative project on the intern economy.


Professor Yamada has served in numerous leadership capacities with scholarly, professional, and advocacy associations and journals, including the Association of American Law Schools chair, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law , Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal editorial board, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network global advisory board, and Americans for Democratic Action board chair.


At Suffolk, Professor Yamada is a two time recipient of the Thomas J. McMahon Award for outstanding dedication to the student body. He was the founding director of both the Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy and the SPILG Summer Public Service Fellowship Program. He also serves as faculty advisor to the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and to Bearing Witness A Journal of Law and Social Responsibility.


Professor Yamada earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was on the Journal of International Law and Politics and received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contributions to the law school community. Prior to joining the Suffolk faculty in 1994, he served as a coordinator of the first year Lawyering Program at NYU and practiced at the New York Attorney General s Office and The Legal Aid Society of New York City.


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