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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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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 …

Activists Who Burgled the FBI Come Forward — 43 Years Later

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe holiday season is the time for big-screen blockbusters. So perhaps it’s appropriate that 2014 has ushered in a real-life tale of activists, break-ins, surveillance and the FBI that has all the makings of an action-packed, big-screen thriller. The story starts in 1971, with the Vietnam War still going strong and protests against it at their peak. One night, antiwar activists broke into an FBI field office in Media, Pa., and stole pretty much every document inside. They hit a …

Do Granny Cams in Nursing Homes Protect or Intrude?

Posted on 01/2/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that your mother is in a long-term care facility. On your weekend visits, she’s told you that the nurses and aides there are taking things from her, pinching her and refusing to change her diapers when she soils them. You want to believe your mother, but you’ve been told that her nursing home is one of the best in the state. You also know that your mother has mild dementia and that when you gently raise the issue with …

Casey Kasem: A Top 40 Controversy

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you are at the very top of your game. You have millions of fans. Your voice is heard around the world. Your children, grown-up now, are successful; you are happily married. And then you get sick. Suddenly, you have difficulty caring for yourself. And those you love start fighting over you. Sounds like the sad tale of a Top 40 song. But life imitates art, at least in the case of Casey Kasem, 81, the long-time host of …

Is ‘Knockout Game’ a Hate Crime?

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt’s all the “rage” — or is it?  The “knockout game” — not really a game, but rather a violent form of assault — has made headlines across the nation over the past several months. It involves knocking out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. Some news organizations have reported that the “game,” in which people of color, often older, are randomly attacked by young “players,” has become an epidemic. Others, while acknowledging that the game exists, brand the so-called trend …

Affluenza? Really?

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf you haven’t been under a rock for the past few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Texas drunk driving case in which a teenager from a wealthy family avoided prison time thanks to his “affluenza” defense. Lawyers for 16-year-old Ethan Couch found a psychologist to testify — as an expert witness – that his wealthy and contentious home life led him to believe that his reckless actions had no consequences. How his attitude differs from that of some kids I …