The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s Board of Directors has selected Alida Kass as the organization’s new president. Alida is no stranger to our members, who have come to rely on her sound judgement and legal advice since she joined our organization as chief counsel in 2012. Continue reading →
It has been my pleasure to head up the NJ Civil Justice Institute for the past decade, so it is with some degree of sadness that I write to you today to announce that I will be leaving the NJ Civil Justice Institute at the beginning of August to assume a position as director of public policy at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Leading NJCJI these past 10 years has been the most fulfilling endeavor in my professional career. Together with Alida, Emily, Nancy, and our members, we have changed the conversation in Trenton, thwarted the trial bar agenda, and positioned NJCJI as a strong and respected voice for sound legal policy.
When we began this effort ten years ago, the trial bar was poised to expand New Jersey’s wrongful death act in a dangerous way, and bills with private causes of action and novel ways to sue were common. While it remains a difficult mission to advance legal reform in New Jersey, I believe that NJCJI is in a good position to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
Today, NJCJI is a strong and resilient organization with a dedicated and growing membership, a terrific group of volunteer attorneys who advise and support our amicus and policy work, and a permanent headquarters in Trenton from which to advocate for our members. But our biggest asset is the team that we have assembled here at the Institute. Nancy, Alida, and Emily are a first-rate group of professionals and I’m proud of my role in bringing them together to serve our members. I know that NJCJI will continue to thrive under their watch.
Thank you for your confidence in me and our team, and your support of this organization. I urge you to continue backing NJCJI, and I hope to be able to continue to work with all of you in my new position, advocating for sound public policy in New Jersey and elsewhere.
We have said many times that the attorneys we have on staff are one of the things that sets our organization apart. Now the legal community is saying the same thing. NJCJI’s Alida Kass and Emily Kelchen have recently received multiple awards for their work on legal reform and their service to the legal community. Continue reading →
2016 marks NJCJI’s 10th year of advocating for a civil justice system that treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse, and we are doing so more effectively than ever thanks in a large part to Alida and Emily’s work.
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute is thrilled to announce that our chief counsel, Alida Kass, is a finalist for NJBIZ’s General Counsel of the Year Award. The General Counsel of the Year Award honors the state’s most dynamic General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers.
It is hard to imagine what NJCJI would be without Alida. 2016 marks our 10th year of advocating for a civil justice system that treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse, and we are doing so more effectively than ever thanks in a large part to Alida’s work.
As NJCJI’s voice in the State House, Alida has become known as an outspoken advocate for fairness and equal justice for all, which she is determined should include the business community. She has developed a reputation for being the go-to expert on what legal impact pending legislation will have on the business community. NJCJI has also expanded its work in the courts under Alida’s influence.
Alida will be recognized as a finalist during an awards breakfast and ceremony on May 19, which will be held at The Palace at Somerset Park. The award winners will be announced at the ceremony.
Each year the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute hosts an event designed to bring policymakers together with members of the legal and business communities in order to foster a greater understanding of the impact our state’s legal climate has on economic development. This year, Ciattarelli will discuss his work in the Assembly and his plans for the future of our state.
NJCJI members, lawmakers and government officials, business leaders, and lawyers are invited to register to attend this event, which is being held on March 30, from Noon-1:30 PM, at the Trenton Country Club.
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute has filed an amicus brief in a class action brought by consumers who claim a restaurant’s failure to clearly post prices in the menu on all drink items violates New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA). NJCJI has been spearheading the effort to reform both the Consumer Fraud Act and the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act, so we are very interested in what the court will do with this case and a similar case where the court will decide whether “charging different prices for the same beverage, depending upon where in the restaurant the beverage was served” can be the basis of a CFA and TCCWNA class action. Continue reading →
On October 29, Emily Kelchen, NJCJI’s Director of Public Affairs was one of the featured speakers at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Symposium. Emily participated in a panel discussion entitled “Awesome Associates,” which provided event attendees with insight into what characteristics young lawyers should cultivate in order to succeed in their chosen field.
To cap off the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s 2016 Fall Legal Reform Conference, former Ambassador Phil Murphy, who is the current Democratic front-runner for Governor of New Jersey in 2017, gave a talk about why he is running for Governor, and laid out some of his plans to help New Jersey’s economy.