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J. Kim Wright

J. Kim Wright

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Practice areas:

Contracts & Agreements, Business, Divorce & Separation

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About Me


J.
Kim Wright J.D., is a pioneer in the field of law as a healing
profession. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law,
she passed the North Carolina Bar in 1994, her third successful bar
exam and the only membership that she currently maintains. She was
the original founder of the Renaissance Lawyer Society, a non-profit
organization of lawyers “supporting legal transformation and
innovation” and wrote their original web site of almost 400 pages
of information in 2000. The “RLS” site showcased ways of practicing law
that were solution-oriented, collaborative, restorative, peacemaking
and healing and promoted the new approaches as a movement and new
paradigm of law.


Since
the late 1990's, she has been speaking, writing, and interacting with
lawyers about this new paradigm of law. She is widely recognized as
one of the leaders defining and guiding the movement. In her work,
she has met thousands of lawyers and has developed meaningful
connections with key leaders who are influential with thousands of
other lawyers. She has consulted with media - mainstream,
professional and alternative.


After
years of working in the field, she identified the need for a central
information resource and “virtual community center”. She launched
CuttingEdgeLaw.com in March, 2009. As the
publisher and managing editor of CuttingEdgeLaw.com, she and her
business partner, Michael Matthews, have interviewed over 100
lawyers, law professors, law students, judges, and allied
professionals who are working to create a new paradigm of legal
practice. CuttingEdgeLaw.com
combines her commitment to a new model of law with years of study of
transformational technology, social construction, conflict
resolution, socially responsible business, human dynamics,
neuroscience, and learning theory.


Kim
coaches lawyers on transforming their law practices and develops continuing legal education programs.  She has published many
articles and chapters in magazines and books. She is involved in
several think-tanks and support circles and is working on a
documentary series about law. She
also has
been an adjunct professor at three colleges, including
her alma mater, Warren Wilson College, in Asheville where she majored
in Economics/Business Management and International Studies.


In
November of 2009, the ABA named Kim as one of the 50 “Legal Rebels
who are “finding new ways to
practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the
next generation of lawyers,”


In
2009, the American Bar Association contacted Kim to author a book
detailing this new paradigm in law.  Lawyers
as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law
was
released April 2010 and reached the ABA best seller list from
pre-orders alone. It was also named one of the 50 Flagship Books for
the American Bar Association.


J.
Kim Wright is a very strong example of a “Gravitational Core” of
a conversation—whereby the conversations that constitute
“restorative justice” etc. find her, and the more they find her,
the more mass there is, and thus more conversations tend to find
her.”
-Scott
Wolf, Performance and Leadership Consultant at Sunergos Consulting


In
addition to her professional accomplishments, Kim raised 16
children: two birth children, plus step-children and many other children
who needed a home. Kim started law school with seven children at
home, ages spanning 2-16 years old.  Her title has since
expanded to include “grandmother” and her oldest grandson just
became a father.


In
Spring of 2008, Kim gave up her home and office and began to travel
full-time. Since then she has been in 28 states and considers
herself one of the new breed of location independent professionals.  She is available for telephone and internet consultations.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Contracts & Agreements: 65%
    25 years
  2. Business: 25%
    25 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 10%
    25 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-500/hour)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Christopher M. Craig

    Kim is a highly capable, nuanced, resourceful, solutions-oriented attorney. I was lucky to work as collaborative counsel (across the table) with Kim on several family law matters during the years that she was practicing in Asheville, NC. In addition, we trained lawyers together for several years, teaching them the collaborative process. She remains a trusted friend and mentor to me. Kim now connects lawyers around the world, improving their lives and helping those of us in the legal profession embrace our power to improve the world through our work. Kim always brings the energy of four people to any project she takes on. It is my honor to recommend her without reservation.

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    Christopher Craig Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Barbara A. Davis

    Throughout her legal career, Kim has taken bold leadership initiative as a peacemaking lawyer long before it was fashionable. Truth be told, Kim was probably key in ushering in the fashion with her Renaissance Lawyer vision, ground-breaking Cutting Edge Law website for collaborating lawyers world-wide, leadership roles at International Academy for Collaborative Professionals, and Healers of Conflicts law practice. I have had the pleasure to be mentored by Kim, to work on opposite "sides" from Kim in collaborative family law cases, and and to work alongside Kim to teach Collaborative Law educational seminars for lawyers, law students, therapists and financial professionals. In all instances, Kim has been resourceful, intuitive, and tenaciously committed to helping clients and attorneys discover routes to resolving issues by mutual agreement. I endorse Kim without reservation.

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    Barbara Davis Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Cutting Edge Law

Mail Only: 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
253
Taos, NM, 87511

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCAuthorized to practice law199404/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal RebelAmerican Bar Association2009
Intelligent OptimistsOde Magazine2009
Community Service AwardWarren Wilson College Alumni2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PublisherCutting Edge Law Enterprises2003 - Present
Managing AttorneyHealers of Conflicts Law & Conflict Resolution Center2003 - 2008
CoachConscious Coach1999 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Legal Education ADR & Problem-Solving Task Force of ABAMember2010 - Present
Renaissance Lawyer SocietyPast Chair2001 - 2004
International Alliance of Holistic LawyersBoard Member1999 - 2002

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
WebsiteConscious Contracts2014
Kosmos JournalTransforming a Dysfunctional Legal System2013
UK Journal for the Association for Management Education and DevelopmentThe Emergence of the Integrative Law Movement2013
Published by American Bar Association(Book) Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law2010
Start Up Growth ExpertAre Your Business Agreements In Writing?2010
Kosmos MagazineTurning Crisis Into Opportunity2010
Conscious Coach Web SiteRepresentative List of Publications2010
Cutting Edge LawExtensive Web Site2009
Chief of Police MagazineShould Law Enforcement Agencies Apologize for Mistakes?2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJuris Doctor1989
Warren Wilson CollegeInternational Studies & Economics/BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Radio 702 South AfricaHow to Get Divorced Without Starting a War2014
Thought Grenades RadioWhat is Integrative Law?2013
Doug Noll ShowLawyers as Peacemakers Movement2011
Creating ContractsMindful Contracts2011
CLE for In-House CounselElimination of Bias2011
Conscious Coach Web SIteRepresentative List of Speaking & Training2010
CLELawyers as Peacemakers: Integrity, Purpose and Values in the New Paradigm of Law Practice2010
Book Tour - 35 meetings and presentationsLawyers as Peacemakers2009