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Lisa McElroy
Lisa T. McElroy is an Associate Professor of Law at Philadelphia's Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where she specializes in research about the United States Supreme Court. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times’ Motherlode blog, Yahoo, AARP, Slate, and a number of print magazines. She is the author of numerous books for children about Supreme Court justices and prominent elected officials. Professor McElroy has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, the Satellite Sisters, NPR, and many other radio and television programs. She and her books have been featured and reviewed in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Legal Times, People, Time, Parents, NBC Nightly News, and other newspapers, magazines, and programs across the country. She is a regular legal analyst for several NPR affiliate stations. Professor McElroy lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her two teen daughters and three dogs.

Entries by Lisa McElroy

Climb Every Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 1:58 PM

Lately, my friends have been telling me that, when I'm dealing with something hard, I retreat into a little world of my own. I'm hard to reach there, they tell me. I'm not my usual self, they say; I'm broody instead of energetic, sad instead of smiley. I perceive the...

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Only Child Week

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Once a year, around the second week of June, my younger daughter revels in being an only child.

Her older sister, an astronaut wannabe, heads to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where thousands of her peers engage in simulated missions and try out what it feels like to...

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New York: What You Can't Miss This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Think you know New York? Think again. There's tons to discover in the Big Apple beyond the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Plaza Hotel.


My teenage daughter and I took four days this week to explore the city...

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Mamma Mia! My Little Girl's All Grown Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Warning: This mom/theatre reviewer/law professor/Abba lover may be about to commit blasphemy. Continue reading at your own risk.

Last night, my 13-year-old daughter and I went to see the national touring company production of "Mamma Mia!" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Actually, I should say that she...

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The Evita National Tour: Inspiring in So Many Ways

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:15 AM

If your family is like my family, you sort of pair off. A couple of you like football. A couple of you like Breaking Bad. A couple of you like broccoli.

A couple of you like musical theater.

Now, in my family, the musical theater divide is an impassable one....

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Road Trip Top 10

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Driving 1,900 miles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Boulder, Colorado, can be stultifying, especially when you're in a car by yourself with no one for company except 15 fish and two dachshunds. How to make it fun? Keep an eye out for the ludicrous, the sad, and the amazing. Use...

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The National Surveillance State 2.0

(29) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:52 PM

The most powerful surveillance network in Boston helped to apprehend the Boston Marathon bombers. This unblinking and omniscient eye was not operated by the state, however; instead, private security cameras, in conjunction with a citizen army equipped with iPhones and Androids, were able to record the mayhem wrought in Copley...

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Forgetting the Supreme Court: A Safari Through Kenya

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:43 AM

As I've written many times on Huffington Post and elsewhere, I have two great loves in life: I love travel, and I love the United States Supreme Court. (OK, I'm pretty passionate about my husband, our two kids, our three dogs, and the guys who play...

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Epic Struggle

(17) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 11:49 AM

It is a dilemma for a mother when what enriches her life negatively impacts her child's.

I have the travel bug. Several times a year, I set out on my own, visiting Kenya or Palau or Chile or Belize. My husband, with whom I just celebrated my sixteenth wedding anniversary,...

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A (Different Kind of) Love Story

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Almost fourteen years after the doctor declared, in the wee hours of a hot summer morning, "It's a girl! She's beautiful! Look at those gigantic feet!" my husband and I struggle, as parents and as spouses.

"This is supposed to be a love story," you're thinking. "I...

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Winter Park, Colorado: Family Ski Vacation Problems Solved

(5) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Thinking about a family ski vacation, but not sure where to go? Out of all the ski resorts I've visited, Winter Park Resort, about 70 miles from the Denver airport, is by far the best for families. This past weekend, my brother and my daughter celebrated their birthdays...

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Getting Older and Getting Away With Girlfriends

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:00 AM

It seems like almost every day now that I'll log onto Facebook and see another friend posting her woes about entering middle age. For so many of the women I know, entering their fifth decade is a cause for hand wringing, a reason to call the plastic surgeon, a call...

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My Plea to the Supreme Court

(189) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:08 PM

I am flying to Belize today, getting ready to help the Mayan people there celebrate the end of the world.

When I left Philadelphia this morning, I did not think that it would really be the end of the world, but rather a welcoming in of a new era.


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The Supreme Court: The Best Reason to Vote Against Mitt Romney

(13) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 7:24 PM

Much has been made in this election of the president's power as commander-in-chief, head of the executive branch of government, and leader of the free world. Largely ignored, however, has been one of the most important presidential powers of all: the appointment power. If elected president, each candidate would have...

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Two Trips To New York City, Limitless Fun

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:30 AM

"NYC, what is it about you? You're big, you're loud, you're tough... Still I can't get enough." -- Annie

It's early fall, and I've got itchy feet. The kids and I are back in school, and my husband's adjusting his schedule to do the afternoon ice skating/French horn lessons/playdate/orthodontist/haircut runs....

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Book Review: In Law Man, Shon Hopwood Achieves Equal Justice Under Law

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 9:09 AM

In the spring of 2003, the phone on Seth Waxman's desk rang. "Will you accept a call from federal prison?" the caller asked. Waxman sighed. It might have been his fifth prisoner call that day. As the former Solicitor General of the United States and a prominent member of the...

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Two Kids, One School

(11) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 6:16 PM

For the past two years, my girls have been in different schools -- one in middle, one in elementary. And, without making too big a drama out of it, I have to tell you that it has been a huge pain for my husband and me. We've had to deal...

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Girlfriend Getaway On Gull Lake (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It was a brilliant, sunny morning on Gull Lake, and at Madden's -- Minnesota's classic family resort -- families were out in full force. Little kids were running around in ruffly butt swimsuits, parents were chasing them back up onto the beach and grandparents were relaxing in lawn...

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Becoming The Mom Of Big Kids: What I Learned On Our Summer Vacation

(117) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 11:57 AM

At first glance, our road trip was all about babies.

In the rafters of the pavilion at Fort Lewis Lodge, a nest of baby barn swallows was trying out its wings.

On the winding roads of Bath County, Virginia, fawns were stumbling around on new...

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The Supreme Court, Gun Control, and a Very Dark Night

(244) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Most of my family lives near Aurora, Colorado.

My nephews are huge Batman fans.

Luckily, Zac and Caleb are only six and three years old. Friday night, at midnight, they were sound asleep in their beds, dreaming of superheroes.

Me, I'm a Supreme Court scholar, a Philadelphia law professor,...

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