J. Kim Wright, ESQ
Mediator, Trainer and Consultant
Upon graduating from the University of Florida with a Juris Doctorate, J. Kim Wright was first sworn into the [Georgia] Bar in 1989. Since 1994, she has been an active member of the North Carolina Bar.
Kim’s career has been focused on holistic, relational approaches in law and conscious approaches to business and life. Her law practice was a laboratory and think tank of new legal models. She was an early adopter of mediation, holistic law, collaborative divorce practice, restorative justice, creative problem-solving, and therapeutic jurisprudence, and pioneered values-based contracts, and legal coaching. Collectively, these approaches are part of a movement that has come to be known as integrative law. Kim is the recognized leader and global expert on the growth and development of the integrative law movement.
Kim has trained thousands of legal professionals on five continents and has lectured at law schools around the world. She has been an adjunct professor at five universities. Her most popular training is Values-Based (aka “Conscious”) Contracts which combines the traditional concepts of freedom to contract with innovative conscious business practices.
As a coach and legal consultant, Kim is transforming legal culture. Her clients cover a broad spectrum: solo practitioners, a partner in an international firm, conscious entrepreneurs, foundations, and governments.
Kim is the servant leader of a network of thousands of integrative lawyers. She uses her toolbox of conscious business and organizational skills as a catalyst, and connector in the movement. She has studied several organizational development models (among them: Appreciative Inquiry, Theory U, Spiral Dynamics, Integral Theory, Reinventing Organizations, and various approaches to Systems Change). Her work in law has been recognized by those disciplines. She also completed over 1,000 contact hours of coursework on transformation with Landmark Education.
Kim is the co-founder (with a behavioral neuroscientist) of a Transformational Technology tool for enhancing lawyer well-being. She is also the founder (or co-founder) of numerous organizations. She was a founder and the co-chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force on Relational Practice and was responsible for the conception and creation of the task force’s Virtual Summit. She is a founder and a team leader in the Forrest Webb Network. Kim currently serves on the Global Advisory Board for the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ Society) and Board of Directors of the Renaissance Lawyer Society (which she also founded).
Kim was honored in 2009 by being named to the ABA’s first class of Legal Rebels, “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.” The following year, the ABA published her first of two foundational books for the integrative law movement: Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law (ABA, 2010). Her second book, Lawyers as Changemakers, The Global Integrative Law Movement was published by the ABA in 2016. Kim is also a contributor to several other books including The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness by Stewart Levine (ABA Law Practice Management, 2018) and 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers - From Women Lawyers (Berroco Canyon Publishing, 2019) by Nora Riva Bergman.
Kim likes to write, so she writes a lot. She is a regular contributor to several periodicals including Enlivening Edge and Conscious Company Magazines and a frequent writer for several American Bar Association publications and The Conscious Lawyer (UK) Magazine. She is often interviewed by writers. In past years, she was frequently asked to be a media consultant, working on several documentary projects and media treatments on integrative law topics. She is the webmistress/editor of several websites including CuttingEdgeLaw.com and has a YouTube channel with over 300 video clips of leaders in the integrative law movement.
American by birth, Kim majored in International Studies at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. She has been a digital nomad, traveling around the world since 2008.