J. Kim Wright
[Editor's Note: These ideas will be presented (in much better form) and discussed at my presentation at the IAHL conference in May. For conference information: http://www.iahl.org/events?eventId=243996&EventViewMode=EventDetails ]
For about a dozen years, I have been emailing and talking on the phone with Stephanie West Allen. We share many common interests - she is a lawyer-mediator, author, web presence and is interested in a lot of topics like neuroscience and webinars. On Wednesday, we finally met! Stephanie had her video camera and I was on the opposite end of the camera from usual. Here is her blog and the videos:
I’ve just read the recent article by J. Kim Wright (of CuttingEdgeLaw) about the value and importance of putting business agreements in writing. I agree with Kim that one of the most valuable things you can do is put the agreements and understandings you have into writing – in words you understand and are fully comfortable with.
I read a book recently that I highly recommend (recommended to me by Kim Wright – thank you, Kim!!!). It’s called The Anatomy of PEACE by Arbinger Institute. There is so much of value that I could share and the information is relevant to my law practice and every other part of my life. (And isn’t that at the essence of being a holistic lawyer, that my work and my life are not in any way separate?)
by J. Kim Wright, Publisher of Cutting Edge Law
People often ask me about being location independent. What is that?
It can be described in many ways. I travel all the time. I don't have a home base. I live wherever I am at the moment. My mail comes to a UPS store and they forward it to me wherever I am. My work does not require me to go to an office every day. Instead, it has me traveling around to conferences, speaking engagements, visiting teaching, consulting and to meet interesting and inspiring people.
Yay! We've had some favorable reviews of Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law!
J. Kim Wright is an ambitious woman. In this comprehensive resource manual, she describes dozens of ways in which lawyers, judges and legal workers across the country (and around the world) are attempting to change their profession for the better. The terms sound hopeful – Holistic Law, Renaissance Law, Transformative Law, Law with a Meditative Perspective. Spiritual Law, Law as a Healing Profession, Restorative Justice, Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Most profoundly, as the title reflects, “Lawyers as Peacemakers.” - Lainey Feingold
Cutting Edge Law founder J. Kim Wright was interviewed by OpEdNews:
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. 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.
Right now I am at the Memphis Bar Association Bench/Bar conference in Destin, FL and it is fascinating how things have changed since I first attended this conference 4 years ago!
Yesterday, Scott Crosby (President of the Memphis Collaborative Alliance) and I spoke at a workshop on Collaborative Law Process and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Though the crowd was small, interest was high and we had one of the trial court judges from our judicial district attended. Her comment about collaborative law was "this is just perfect". After the session several of the attorneys came up to us wanting to attend a collaborative process training and joining the Lawyers as Peacemakers, Lawyers as Problemsolvers group.
Currently I am in a session called Social Networking for attorneys. What a difference a few years make!