It was a huge professional win for famed Internet attorney and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig. And at the same time, the victory was a personal and painful one.

In early August, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that churches, schools and other charitable organizations can be held responsible for the intentional acts of their employees. The ruling means that Lessig’s client, John Hardwicke, can sue the legendary American Boychoir School in Princeton, where Hardwicke claims to have been sexually abused by several faculty from 1969-71.