Northeastern University has organized this event to underscore the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to addressing societal challenges that are relevant to how business and law function. Social justice is important for both business and law in securing fair, inclusive, and equitable practices. It is also necessary to examine what motivates people and collectives to be fair and consider the legitimacy of how our businesses and legal institutions are built. To address these challenges, we have invited Yale Professor Tom Tyler as our keynote speaker, who will present “Leveraging Justice Concerns to Enhance Leadership in Law and Business.” Building on these insights, we will hear from a panel of three business and three law professors, who will share their perspectives on the topic.


“Leveraging Justice Concerns to Enhance Leadership in Law and Business”

Tom Tyler

Macklin Fleming Emeritus Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Founding Director, The Justice Collaboratory

Tyler is a social psychologist who studies the dynamics of authority in groups, organizations and societies. His books include Why People Obey the Law (2006), Why People Cooperate (2011) and Legitimacy-based Policing and the Promotion of Community Vitality (2022). He received the Law and Society Association's Kalven Prize for paradigm-shifting scholarship in the study of law and society in 2000; the lifetime achievement award from the International Society for Justice Research in 2012; the lifetime achievement award from the International Compliance Network in 2022; and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2024.


Marla Baskerville is an associate professor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business Management and Organizational Development Group. Baskerville's research interests are in the area of gender, diversity, modern sexism, sexuality in the workplace and organizational politics. She consulted for NASA, The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), and Springboard-Partners. She has also worked as a marketing manager for ClubMom, Inc. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Baskerville was an instructor at Tulane University, where she taught undergraduate business classes.

Dan Danielsen is a professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. A legal scholar who spent many years as an international business lawyer, he teaches Corporations, Law and Development, International Business Regulation, International Law, and Conflict of Laws. His research explores the complex role of the business firm in global governance. He is also faculty director of the Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society, which fosters interdisciplinary research and discussion among scholars, policymakers, and advocates to examine the corporation as an institutional form with social significance akin to the state, the family ,or the city.

Gastón de los Reyes studies and teaches international business and strategy in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business with a particular interest in questions of governance, ethics, and sustainability. Before obtaining his PhD, de los Reyes practiced corporate law, representing Latin American companies in Wall Street deals.

Zhenyu Liao is a Joseph G. Riesman Research Professor, the Thomas E. Moore Faculty Fellow, and an assistant professor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business Management and Organizational Development Group. His research focuses on leadership, behavioral ethics and morality, organization philanthropy, and algorithmic labor, and his work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Liao also writes articles for business or practice outlets such as Harvard Business Review.

Evan Darryl Walton is an associate clinical professor at Northeastern University School of Law, where he directs the school's Community Business Clinic. In addition to teaching and supervising clinical students, Professor Walton engages in research on business legal issues involving governance, leadership and decision-making in novel and complex industries. Prior to joining the Northeastern Law faculty, Professor Walton was a visiting clinical assistant professor in Boston University School of Law's Startup Law Clinic and served as the inaugural Jeff and Cynthia Harris Fellow with the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Lua Kamál Yuille is a professor of law and business in Northeastern University School of Law and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. Yuille is a recognized praxivist, which is a philosophy that involves using her theoretical scholarship to inform her engagement in social change. Her current interdisciplinary work draws into conversation property law, heterodox economics, business law, critical pedagogy, and group identity. Yuille's diverse professional formation — federal law clerk, Latin Americanist socio-economic development lawyer, Wall Street corporate transactional attorney, public school teacher, pro bono immigration litigation practitioner — provides a strong foundation for her engaged scholarship on a wide range of questions.


8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks

David De Cremer, D'Amore-McKim School of Business Dunton Family Dean
James Hackney, School of Law Dean


Tom Tyler, Yale Emeritus Professor of Law


Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion



** Livestream **

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