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 assists with NJCJI’s legislative and legal work.
Kelchen is an attorney and a government affairs specialist, who has experience working in and with all three branches of government, but her specialty is strategic communications.
Her award-winning communications and legal skills are valued by those outside of the Institute as well. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board, which drafts a monthly feature for the Law Journal focusing on issues of interest to new attorneys. She has been published by the Wisconsin bar and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and has authored numerous editorials.
She is active in both the New Jersey and Wisconsin state bar associations, and is a member of the American Bar Association. This year she is serving as the Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s In-House Counsel Special Committee and Editor of the New Jersey Young Lawyer Division’s newsletter. She is also on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s communications committee and was elected to the board of its Nonresident Lawyers Division.
Kelchen graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a degree in political science, and earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI.