J. Kim Wright, J.D. – Integrative Lawyer, Innovator, Systems Change Agent

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I wear a lot of hats.  My friend and colleague says that I must be 75 years old (masquerading as 57 on my birth certificate) to have done all I have. Most of my projects have to do with transforming the legal profession.  This page is an on-line CV, a place where you can get to know me and more about what I do, want to do, can do, how I can help you.  Overachiever that I am, I have bios focused on various topics.  Click on the Links in the Menu to learn more about me.

Coach & Consultant

Law: I coach lawyers who are building these new paradigm law firms. I consult with court systems, law firms and other legal practitioners, about how to integrate new ideas into their institutions and organizations.  

Conscious Business: I help companies align their legal documents with their purpose and visions.  

Media: Sometimes I work with the media, especially on documentary projects. I worked on a restorative justice documentary for the Arts and Entertainment Network.  I met with the families of murder victims and screened the killers to see if they were appropriate for face-to-face meetings.  I worked on prison policies for RJ and for filming inside.  I write articles and I’m interviewed a lot. 

Speaker & Trainer 

I speak at bar associations, law societies, law schools, universities, private gatherings and even an occasional club or church function.  I train groups of lawyers and law students in many topics.  Some representative ones are listed in the Catalog section.

Lawyer & Mediatorvision mission values statement graphic.  My Vision   We are all family.  My Mission   To transform the legal profession: to have lawyers see themselves as peacemakers, problem-solvers, and healers of conflicts, being evolutionary change agents and leaders of transformation with their clients and communities.  To help everyone view conflict as an opportunity for transformation and a foundation upon which stronger relationships can be built. My Values   Compassion; Conscious Relationship; Authentic Communication; Transformation; Contribution; Integrity (Alignment and Accountability)

I’ve been licensed as a lawyer since 1989; since 1994 in North Carolina. Early in my legal career, I learned about mediation (then a new concept in our community), collaborative law (a new concept just about everywhere at that time), restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and holistic law.   I pushed the envelope in finding a way to ethically work in multidisciplinary teams and to have an office with counselors, social workers and legal staff.  My law practice became my laboratory for learning and applying new ideas and models.  I only occasionally practice law these days, mostly preferring the role of consultant, coach, or legal counselor.

Author

 I am the author of the ABA best-selling book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law [ABA Publishing, April, 2010].   My second book, tentatively entitled Lawyers as Changemakers, The Emerging International Integrative Law Movement, is scheduled for release in late 2015.  I also write articles, guest blogs, and many, many to-do lists.

Adjunct Professor & Legal Educator

Periodically, I will teach a whole course.  I’ve taught college level Mediation and ADR, Restorative Justice, and Business Law.    I have taught Integrative Law at Charlotte Law School.    I was on the planning committee of the Lawyers as Peacemakers annual conference at Phoenix School of Law (now known as Arizona Summit Law).  I’ve been a guest lecturer at more law schools than I can count.

For several years, I have served on the executive committee of the ABA Legal Education and Practical Problem-Solving Task Force.  I developed their website and have been on panels to speak of the task force’s work to legal educators.

Graphic of logos of places where Kim has appeared to speak or as a writer.Connector: Discovering Partners, Generating Community & Connecting for Results

There is certainly a lot about our current legal system that is broken or could be improved. There are a lot of people working in those areas. My own attention is turned toward building a system that works for everyone, one that is based on the evolving consciousness. I spend much of my time on finding those who are the harbingers of the new, emerging future of law. I support, connect, and showcase the work of the paradigm-shifters. I help to language and highlight what is going on in the new system, and I liaison with our kindred spirits in other disciplines: conscious business. abundant communities, organizational development, consciousness, etc.

When people ask me what I do, I often say that I drink a lot of coffee and tea.  By that, I mean that I meet a lot of people, listen to their stories, their passions, their dreams, and I connect them with their kindred lawyers.  I believe that community gives us courage and that the best way to grow this movement is to connect the innovators and early adopters and let them take it from there.

I have a worldwide network.  So far, I’ve traveled to South Africa, Western Europe,  Australia, Canada and 48 US States.  I have Internet relationships all over the world.

Convenor, Evolutionary & Possibilitarian

I am intrigued by societal transformation and my work often serves as a laboratory for applying the ideas.  I am a fan of the Berkana Institute models.  I have studied appreciative inquiry for more than 10 years.  I’m certified in Spiral Dynamics I and II and a more-than-casual student of many societal and organizational models for grounding transformation in groups.  I am a senior graduate of  Landmark Education programs, including Power and Contribution. I have been a participant-speaker at the Conference for Global Transformation several times.

I regularly convene gatherings of leaders with specific interests.   I’ve hosted two US summits of integrative lawyers from a broad spectrum of practice areas and often gather integrative lawyers in national meetings elsewhere.

Traveler

I have been traveling full-time since  2008, interviewing the leaders in the movement and documenting their work.

(About being Location Independent)

In September through November of 2015, I will be in the Western US, North Carolina, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Australia, and New York.

 


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