Once Again, YU Engulfed in Controversy

According to The Forward, “An attorney who just won a landmark sex abuse lawsuit against an elite private school has been retained to represent a former student with similar claims against Yeshiva University.

Kevin Mulhearn has been hired by Mordechai Twersky, the first of almost two dozen students to come forward claiming they were abused decades ago while studying at Y.U.’s High School for Boys, in Manhattan.”

The University and current president Richard Joel have been at the center of a public storm ever since a December 13th report in The Forward revealed that Chancellor Norman Lamm, who was president of Y.U. from 1976 to 2003, allowed alleged abusers at Yeshiva University High School for Boys to leave quietly and seek positions elsewhere.

The University has hired both a law firm and the former head of the sex crimes division of the New York City district attorney’s office to conduct an investigation.

This is the second major scandal to rock YU under Joel’s tenure – the first being the 2008 implosion of the Madoff Ponzi scheme where YU suffered losses valued at $110 million (source Bloomberg News).