Notre Dame sued over Lisa Yang death

Author: Cassidy McDonald


The family of Lisa Yang — the 21-year-old Notre Dame senior who took her own life in 2015 — filed a lawsuit Thursday against the University of Notre Dame.

The attorney who filed the suit, Daniel S. Chamberlain, alleged the University Counseling Center did not appropriately treat Yang in light of her prior suicide attempt.

According to the suit, Yang attended counseling at the center between May 2014 and Feb. 2015, and attempted suicide in July 2014 while in Boston for a summer internship. The complaint said the counseling center was made aware of the suicide attempt.

The lawsuit said, “The University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame University Counseling Center violated accepted standards of medical care in treating a patient with a known history of mental health issues, depression and suicidal ideation without utilization of the proper medications as well as the appropriate medical and psychological treatment of her underlying mental health disease.”

The suit said the center caused “an otherwise preventable and foreseeable unfortunate outcome.”

The family is suing for damages, and cited “the loss of services, affection and companionship of their daughter.”

Yang was a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business, and a resident of McGlinn Hall. She died on March 3, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

University spokesman Dennis Brown said the school has no comment.