Alida Kass


New Jersey Civil Justice Institute

Alida Kass


New Jersey Civil Justice Institute

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

Alida’s approach to policy in the legislature focuses on incentives – finding and fixing the root cause of problems while avoiding unintended and adverse consequences of legislative policy choices.

Her leadership of the Institute’s amicus program is similarly grounded in an appreciation for the incentive structures implicit in legal doctrine.  The program operates as a strategic and forceful voice for the business community on legal policy.

Alida developed and runs 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, as well as teleforums on significant legal developments in New Jersey and around the country.

Alida is one of New Jersey’s most knowledgeable and well-spoken experts on legal reform.  Her writing has been published by the New Jersey Law Journal and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and she is frequently quoted by the media.

Prior to joining the Institute, Alida 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 commercial and judicial issues.

Alida graduated from Duke University with a degree in history, and earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  She resides in Chatham where she serves on the Borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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California’s AB-5 Law: Who can be considered an “independent contractor”?

June 30, 2020

In 2019, California passed AB-5, a law that mandates that most workers should be considered “employees” rather than “independent contractors.” Advocates claim that this law will offer more protection for all workers. Opponents state that this law will stifle innovation and deprive workers of the independence to structure their own relationships.

Alida Kass of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute explores how the California law compares to other states and the issues that it may raise for workers.

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