J. Kim Wright
Lawyers as Peacemakers & Changemakers
Kim Wright is an Integrative Lawyer, Innovator, Systems Change Agent. She is the author of two American Bar Association best sellers: Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law and Lawyers as Changemakers, The Global Integrative Law Movement. A lawyer since 1989, she is a systems change architect for the legal profession. Since 2008, she has been a full-time American nomad.
Kim Wright is a trailblazer in the area of integrative law, which the American Bar Association has said just might be the “next huge wave in the legal profession.” She is the editor and publisher of CuttingEdgeLaw.com, a treasure trove of videos and other materials about integrative law.
Kim leads CLE programs and offers coaching and consulting around the world. This year, she has worked with lawyers on all six inhabited continents. She is a coach for lawyers and consultant to courts, law firms, CLE providers, legal organizations, law schools, workshop leaders, authors and the media.
Kim Wright has a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She maintains an active law license in North Carolina.
J. Kim Wright
With Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law, Legal Rebel, Kim Wright became an American Bar Association best-selling author and the book was a flagship book of the ABA in 2010. The 562 page book introduced lawyers to many innovative approaches, perspectives, and skills for the 21st Century lawyer, along with 75 pages of resources for learning more.
Picking up where Lawyers as Peacemakers ended, Lawyers as Changemakers covers the expansion and development of the Integrative Law movement. Wright explores the pillars of the movement:
O Integrated Reflective Practices
O Values and Purpose-based Practices
O Systems Thinking approaches
O Integral Consciousness
She then describes and illustrates emerging integrative approaches such as Earth Jurisprudence, Sharing Law, Conscious (Values-Based) Contracts, Purposeful Estate Planning, and many others.
The book provides a context for many other movements in law, from mindfulness meditation to alternative billing practices. It explores the tools of systems change, including many theories and approaches.
The book is written in the style of social media with commentary and sections written by the author, with stories by integrative lawyers and social change leaders, punctuated with quotations. It even includes law review articles.
It is a collection of materials that fit into the lives of busy lawyers who sometimes want a quick break and sometimes need something pithier. Exercises are scattered through the book to engage the readers in inquiry. It also offers specific actions for readers to take to become changemakers and leaders.
With more than 100 contributors from every populated continent, the book offers a global tour of innovation, introspection, and inspiration.