Alida Kass is chief counsel of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Kass is the voice of the Institute in the State House and head of the organization’s litigation efforts. Kass’s legal expertise has allowed the Institute to engage on issues at a foundational level. By focusing on incentives and looking for the root cause of problems, NJCJI has become much more proactive in its efforts to improve the state’s legal system.
Kass is known in the State House as an outspoken advocate for fairness and equal justice. Her testimony on pending legislation is widely quoted by the media:
- Patent Troll Laws Would Do More Harm Than Good, N.J. Legal Reform Group Says: Legal Newsline, March 9, 2016.
- NJ Bill Would Spark More Equal Pay Suits For Employers: Law360, February 12, 2016.
- Bill Would Outlaw Mandatory Arbitration in Consumer Contracts: New Jersey Law Journal, February 6, 2015.
The Institute has also expanded its work in the courts under Kass’s influence. In 2015, NJCJI filed its first amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in an important case impacting arbitration law.
The Institute’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, which includes panel discussions and symposiums on a variety of legal issues critical to New Jersey’s business community and economic development climate, was developed by Kass shortly after she joined the Institute in 2012. In addition to serving as a valuable educational tool, the CLE program has raised the Institute’s profile in the legal community and drawn attention to our issues.
Kass’s work has been published by the New Jersey Law Journal and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Prior to joining the Institute, Kass taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Christopher Cox, where she handled commerce and judicial issues.
Kass graduated from Duke University with a degree in history, and earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She resides with her family in Chatham, where she serves on the Borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, and formerly served as a member of Borough Council.