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February 21, 2006

Florence Nathan (732) 937-7518
or 1-800-FREE LAW


The phenomenon of workplace bullying is a topic of emerging awareness in the legal, medical and social science fields. Two free, public seminars on this topic, sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the National Association of Women Judges, District III, titled “Workplace Bullying: An Issue of Importance in the 21st Century,” will be held in April. The first will take place on Tuesday, April 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center located at One Constitution Square (off Ryders Lane) in New Brunswick. The second seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seton Hall Law School, One Newark Center on Raymond Blvd in Newark. Panelists will include nationally and locally renowned authorities on workplace bullying.

Speakers will include Gary and Ruth Namie, both Ph.Ds from Bellingham, Washington, who are considered pioneers in the U.S. anti-bullying movement; Professor David Yamada of Suffolk Law School in Boston and author of the “Healthy Workplace Bill”; J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo, the director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights; Sue Pai Yang, a workers’ compensation judge in Newark; and Leisa-Anne Smith, director of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s school-based Conflict Resolution and Teasing and Bullying Programs.

The Drs. Namie, as they are often referred, co-authored the book, The Bully at Work, and founded the Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute, a national, nonprofit research and education organization. At the seminar, the Namies will discuss Profiles of Bullies and Targets and Employers’ Responses. Their bullying-related research has been featured in numerous publications, as well as on such news shows as Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN In the Money and The Early Show.

A leading authority on workplace bullying and abusive work environments, Professor Yamada will explore Legal and Legislative Responses to workplace bullying at the seminar. In 2000, Professor Yamada’s comprehensive analysis of workplace bullying and law, the first of its kind, appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal. Variations of his model anti-bullying legislation, called the “Healthy Workplace Bill,” have been introduced in several state legislatures.
Vespa-Papaleo’s portion of the panel discussion will focus on Bullying Cases Filed with the Division on Civil Rights, while Judge Yang, who is also the District III director of the National Association of Women Judges, will focus on Worker’s Compensation Court Cases on Bullying Claims and the Present State of Law on Workplace Bullying in New Jersey. Finally, Smith, who founded the Foundation’s Teasing and Bullying Program in 2001, will highlight Teasing and Bullying Programs for Schools.
A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. A complimentary sandwich supper will be available for attendees at the April 4 seminar beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Admission to both seminars is free, however advance registration is required. Please call 1-800-FREE LAW or email for a registration form. The seminar is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.

Founded in 1958, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation is the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Bar Foundation's mission is to promote public understanding of the law through a free, comprehensive public education program. Among its activities, the Foundation conducts seminars and conflict resolution training, publishes materials, operates a videotape loan library and speakers bureau, and coordinates elementary, middle and high school mock trial competitions. For more information about the Foundation's programs and publications, visit us online at or call 1-800-FREE-LAW.


Directions: From the NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 9 to Route 18 North. Follow signs for Route 1 South to Ryders Lane-New Brunswick. The Law Center is the first right turn off Ryders Lane. From Princeton take Route 1 North to the second Ryders Lane Exit (Ryders Lane-New Brunswick). The Law Center is the first right turn.

For Directions to Seton Hall Law School, visit their website at

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