About Judy Malmon, J.D.

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Judy Malmon has blended law and writing throughout her career. She got her J.D. from University of California, Davis and practiced elder and disability law in California and Minnesota. She honed her writing by drafting appellate decisions in a nationwide class action, writing blogs for law firms, and writing for Westlaw. She loves digging into everyday legal questions, deciphering the complexities of law, and telling personal stories.

Articles written by Judy Malmon, J.D.

Can I Be Arrested for Swearing at a Police Officer?

Our free speech rights intersect with other laws

On Feb. 14, 2011, a mother called police officers to her home to escort her intoxicated daughter off her property. The girl’s brother, Jordan, observed as police brought his sister outside. Jordan encouraged her to comply with police but, as one of the officers unsheathed a nightstick, he grew concerned for her wellbeing and began to criticize their conduct. Though Jordan’s words were severe, there was no recorded evidence of threatening behavior. He was arrested and charged with …

How Does Pennsylvania Determine Child Custody?

Judges now consider 16 separate factors

For parents contemplating divorce, there’s no greater concern than what will happen to your children. The issue is complicated, and packed with emotional landmines. Most divorcing couples will need to remain connected to each other through their children, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. A formal custody order provides the rules and guidelines governing your specific situation.  How is Custody Decided? Historically, Pennsylvania courts applied a standard known as the “best interests of …

Five Employment Law Facts You Might Not Know

The state and federal laws that come into play if you work in New Jersey

Almost everyone works, and for those who do, it’s in their interest to know their employee rights and the rules about getting paid. New Jerseyans are subject to state wage and hour laws, as well as several federal laws. Here’s a refresher on some big ones you should know.  Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Exempt status refers to an employer’s requirement under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to pay an employee for hours in excess of 40 per week. You are not exempt from receiving overtime pay …

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