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Lisa T. McElroy is a law professor at the Drexel University School of Law. She regularly comments on legal issues on CBS Radio and several NPR affiliates, as well as in newspapers, journals, and blogs like the New York Times, the National Law Journal and the Huffington Post.

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Daughter Charged With Assisted Suicide Is Exonerated

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt’s difficult to know what to do for a loved one in the end stages of a terminal illness. Certainly, palliative care is often very effective, and it’s the preferred approach for almost everyone who is dying in pain. But for some, palliative care isn’t enough. Four states – Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington – allow a terminally ill patient to choose to end his life and ask for assistance in doing so. There’s no doubt that assisted suicide is …

An Unusual Challenge to an Actress’s Will

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you die after a long series of illnesses. Because you’ve been successful in your field and leave a considerable estate. You might expect a will challenge – sure. But from your former lawyer?  Now, that’s one weird situation. But that’s exactly what has happened with the estate of Julie Harris, the renowned actress who died late last summer. Back in 2009, Harris had fired long-time lawyer Herbert Nass, who was potentially the executor of her will.  Several months …

Can You Be Blocked From Jury Duty if You’re Gay?

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you’re called for jury duty. Maybe you’re excited – you’ve always wanted to see the justice system from inside. Maybe you’re bummed out – you’ve already been through this routine more times than you can remember. Whatever you feel, you’re likely to trust in a system that is supposed to be fair to all – including prospective jurors. And because you’re over 50 years old, you’re more likely to be selected for a jury than others in the …

Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySometimes, if you fight very, very hard against injustice, you win. That’s what happened in Pennsylvania last week, where a court struck down the state’s voter ID law. As the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia described in its complaint and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania acknowledged in its opinion, the evidence of disenfranchisement is vast and the stories are compelling. The court found that “approximately 430,000 electors remain without compliant ID.”  That’s 4 percent of eligible Pennsylvania voters!  Just …

Fighting Health Care Fraud: The Power of One

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayCan a single federal prosecutor make much of a difference in the war against health care fraud? Yes, a new analysis of Justice Department statistics suggests. And the stakes are enormous: Fraud is thought to cost the Medicare program alone up to $90 billion each year. The analysis — from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a nonprofit group based at Syracuse University — shows that federal prosecutors filed a record number of new health care fraud cases in fiscal …

Risky 401(k) Investments: The Supreme Court Steps In

Posted on 01/9/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayDo you know just how much you’re saving for your retirement? If so, you’re not alone. AARP studies show that most Americans 50 and older are thinking about and planning for their future financial security. So imagine, for a moment, that your company has a pretty generous 401(k) plan. That’s great, right? Well, in a case that the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear, the plaintiff employees say, “Not so much.” Here’s what happened to them. Fifth Third Bank, a …