E.A. Gjelten

Legal Editor

E.A. (Liz) Gjelten has been a special projects editor at Nolo since 2016. A generalist when it comes to subject matter, she enjoys using her research, analytical, and writing skills to translate complex legal issues into jargon-free language that’s accessible to lay readers without compromising accuracy.

Nolo. In addition to her work on surveys about lay people’s experiences with the legal process, Liz writes articles for Nolo.com, Lawyers.com, Criminaldefenselawyer.com, and Alllaw.com in several areas of the law, including workers’ compensation, criminal law, civil rights, school law, and animal law. 

Legal background. Before coming to Nolo, Liz worked for 12 years as a legal author for Thomson Reuters, writing about new legal developments in workers’ compensation and family law for Westlaw and print publications. She also wrote an annual roundup of new California legislation for a monthly family law journal. Before that, Liz worked as an author, legal editor, and managing editor for California Family Law Report, a small legal publishing company.

Other pursuits. Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s a produced playwright and has taught at San Francisco State University and New College of California. She’s also worked as a freelance book editor, journalist, and grant writer.

Articles By E.A. Gjelten

Stun Gun Laws in Texas
Texas doesn't regulate the possession or carrying of stun guns and Tasers, but these electronic weapons must be used in a legal way.
Texas Gun Laws on Open and Concealed Carry
Learn who may or may not carry a gun in Texas—and the few places guns are prohibited.
Stun Gun Laws in Connecticut
Learn about Connecticut’s restrictions on possession and use of stun guns and Tasers.
Risk Protection Orders: A Guide to Florida's Red Flag Law
Under Florida’s red flag law, judges may order certain people at risk of gun violence to surrender their firearms. Learn how the law works.
Colorado's Red Flag Law : A Guide to Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Learn when Colorado courts can order people at risk of gun violence to surrender their firearms, who can request these extreme risk protection orders, and how gun owners can challenge them.
California's Red Flag Law: A Guide to Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Learn who may request gun violence restraining orders in California, how to make or oppose a request, and what kinds of proof judges need before they order gun owners to surrender their firearms and ammunition.
What Is the Legal Way to Bring a Firearm Into California?
It may be against the law to buy a gun out of state and simply drive it back to California. Learn how to bring a gun here the right way—and the penalties if you do it illegally.
New York's Red Flag Law: Extreme Risk Protection Orders
New York allows school administrators, family members, and others to apply for orders that require dangerous gun owners to give up their weapons. Learn how the state’s red flag law works.
What Can the Police Arrest You for at a Protest?
Learn about your constitutional rights when protesting, the limits on those rights, and when your actions could be illegal.
Weapons Charges in Kansas
Kansas allows most adults to carry guns openly or concealed. Learn about the state’s limited restrictions on possession, carrying, and use of firearms and other weapons.