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.
Kelchen is an attorney and a government affairs specialist, who has experience working in and with all three branches of government. She graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors in Political Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI. Kelchen is active in both the New Jersey and Wisconsin state bar associations as well as the American Bar Association.
Her legal skills add value to the Institute’s government affairs and appellate efforts, but Kelchen’s most important role is overseeing the organization’s communications efforts. She is skilled at making the issues the Institute advocates for approachable by non-lawyers, yet still relevant to those with a legal background. There are few written materials that come out of the Institute without her stamp of approval.
Her communications 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 is the Editor of the New Jersey Young Lawyer Division’s newsletter, “Dictum.”