J. Kim Wright is the author of the flagship ABA best-selling book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law [ABA Publishing, April, 2010]. Her second book, Lawyers as Changemakers, The Global Integrative Law Movement will be published by the ABA later this year. In 2009, the ABA named Kim as one of the first Legal Rebels, who they say are “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.”
From 1994 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2008, Kim ran her own law practice in North Carolina. (In between, she was a mediator in Portland, Oregon.) In law school, she was introduced to the value of plain language and nonadversarial approaches to conflict. As a new lawyer, she realized she needed more tools in her toolbox and began to study transformational approaches to communication, relationships, and human dynamics. She sought out the most cutting-edge approaches to law and became a pioneer or early adopter of many models. Her firm, Healers of Conflicts Law and Conflict Resolution Center, was designed to incorporate many cutting-edge approaches, including collaborative law, several forms of mediation, holistic law, restorative justice and drafting in plain language. As an early practitioner, she later became a professor and trainer in many models, offering her first continuing ed program for lawyers in 1999. Since then, she’s led hundreds of programs to lawyers, business owners, and the general public.
In exploring ways to design her law firm, Kim became interested in culture change. She studied organizational development and became active in Appreciative Inquiry. She is certified in Theory U and Spiral Dynamics Integral. Kim completed more than 1,000 hours of Landmark Education transformational technology programs. In the early days of socially responsible businesses, she studied companies like The Body Shop and Ben & Jerry’s. She attended workshops like an early on-line conference on Business as Agent of World Benefit and became interested in applying conscious legal practices to contracts and businesses, just as she was applying them in law. Later, she began to follow conscious business and social ventures. She incorporates the work of Conscious Capitalism in her workshops and client relationships.
Since 2008, Kim has traveled around the world as a digital nomad, leading programs and coaching and consulting. Her solo workshop on Conscious Contracts is her most popular program. She has trained lawyers and businesses in the US, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, India, and Australia. The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association sponsored the Conscious Contract program several times, including their annual conference. In January, 2016, she taught a law school course on Values-Based Contracts at Barry Law School in Orlando, Florida.
Kim jointly majored in Business Management/Economics and International Studies at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, later earning her law degree at the University of Florida. She maintains an active law license in North Carolina.
Learn more at www.jkimwright.com