Our Staff

Alida Kass | President & Chief Counsel

Alida Kass is President and Chief Counsel of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute.  She leads the organization, and heads its legislative and legal efforts.

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Emily Kelchen | Director of Public Affairs

Emily Kelchen is the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s Director of Public Affairs. In that role, she oversees the Institute’s communications efforts and also assists with NJCJI’s government affairs and appellate work.

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Nancy Heath | Executive Assistant

Nancy Heath is executive assistant with the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Born in Pennsylvania, she spent the majority of her life living in New Jersey and working within the State’s legal system. Nancy is a certified paralegal with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked for the shareholder of a large corporate law firm dedicated to the fight for the preservation of farmland and open space in New Jersey, acting as a liaison between major building corporations and the client.

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