J. Kim Wright

A zealous advocate for a new paradigm of law practice, J. Kim Wright wears a lot of hats, among them: lawyer, author, editor, coach, consultant, teacher, and trainer. A graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she was originally licensed as a lawyer in 1989. She has been a member of the North Carolina Bar since 1994. In November of 2009, the ABA named Kim as one of the Legal Rebels who are "finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers." The ABA also invited Kim to write a book and in April, 2010, Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law was published. It was named one of the ABA's Flagship Series and was on the ABA best-seller list for seven months. Kim is the publisher and managing editor of www.cuttingedgelaw.com, a resource and community for the integrative law movement. Documenting, supporting and showcasing a community of leaders in the movement, the site contains over 350 video clips of pioneers, tracking the history and development of the growth of the approaches which make up the movement. It offers information and role models for lawyers, judges, and law students who are seeking healthier, more conscious and values-based ways of practicing law. In her law and consulting practice, Kim works with business leaders who wish to align their corporate values with their legal documents. She coaches lawyers and consults with law schools, courts, communities and law firms about creating fulfilling practices that are based upon the values of the principals. She is a member of the executive committee of the American Bar Association Legal Education ADR and Practical Problem-Solving Skills task force. Location independent since early 2008, Kim travels around the world as an advocate for the integrative law movement. She has been a guest lecturer at law schools on three continents and has taught Integrative Law at two law schools as an adjunct and ADR, Business Law and Restorative Justice as adjunct faculty at three colleges. She has planned and spoken at dozens of conferences and leads programs on collaboration, civility for litigators, restorative justice, working with victims and offenders, skills-based courses on conflict and communication, career and quality of life issues, holistic law, and several other topics. She can be reached at: jkimwright@gmail.com

Transforming a Dysfunctional Legal System

I started law school in 1987. I was 29 years old and married with a blended family of seven kids at home. We were politically and socially active, making a difference in our community. My husband was sometimes arrested...