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USD’s ‘Elderlaw Forum’ radio show reaches No. 500

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “The Elderlaw Forum,” a weekly radio show hosted by University of South Dakota School of Law Professor Michael Myers, recorded its 500th show this week.

Airing at 7 a.m. Sundays on radio station WNAX-AM (570), the program offers a public version of topics covered in Myers’ courses. An elder law professor, Myers uses “The Elderlaw Forum” to interview elder law attorneys, legislators, health care administrators, physicians, social workers and outstanding seniors to inform listeners about safeguarding their finances as well as discuss health and independence issues. The program is also used as a bridge to the USD Senior Legal Helpline (1-800-747-1895) through which Myers and his assigned student research assistants provide pro bono information and advice to seniors confronting the challenges of aging. Fact patterns related to Helpline calls are used anonymously and confidentially to present law students with practical legal problems encountered by senior citizens.

Myers, an emeritus trustee of the Mayo Foundation and former Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital CEO, has covered topics such as consenting to treatment, experimental procedures, refusing treatment and the right to die. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, pensions, disability and VA benefits are routinely updated. Myers provides advice on evaluating nursing homes, quality of care and nursing home reforms. For more information on “The Elderlaw Forum,” please visit the website: A photo of Myers is also available for download at


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News