Transforming Law: Author is on a Mission Across the Heartland

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J. Kim Wright is the author of Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law, an American Bar Association best-selling book released in 2010. One of the ABA "Legal Rebels" who are changemakers in the profession, Wright is traveling across the country, spreading the message that law can be a peacemaking, problem-solving and healing profession.

J. Kim Wright is a woman on a mission: to transform the legal profession. Wright's vision for the legal system is one where lawyers are peacemakers, problem-solvers, and healers of conflicts. She is the author of a book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-solving Law, published by the American Bar Association in April and already an ABA best seller. In 2009, the ABA named her as one of their 50 Legal Rebels who are “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.” The publisher of CuttingEdgeLaw.com, she has interviewed over 100 lawyers, law professors, law students, judges and allied professionals who are on the cutting-edge of legal practice.

Wright's mission is taking her to over a dozen cities in the month of September where she will engage in an inquiry with lawyers, law students, and the public about the legal system. Across the Heartland of the country (Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Utah), she will explore what might be possible if we redesigned the legal system. Thousands of lawyers have been invited with this invitation:

On one hand, parts of our society are learning to think systematically, to be emotionally and spiritually intelligent, to find win/win solutions and to work in collaboration not competition. From Oprah to best seller lists to business consulting, we hear conversations about transformation. On the other hand, our legal profession and other parts of our society continue to envision issues only in polarization, to see ourselves only as adversaries, and to express ourselves uncivilly and intolerantly.

This program will explore how the legal profession is adopting new paradigms of practice that privilege peacemaking in ways consistent with a lawyer’s ethical responsibilities. Some of the questions that CLE participants will consider include:

  • What is the purpose of the legal system?
  • What societal values does the legal system represent?
  • What other values could it represent?
  • What is a lawyer’s traditional role in the legal system?
  • How might we alter a lawyer’s role in the legal system to incorporate other values?
  • In what ways do the current legal ethics rules encourage or discourage lawyers from bringing new values to bear on their professional work?
  • How do our individual purposes integrate with this new vision of the legal profession?
  • How might a lawyer work to bring change to the legal profession and to society as a whole?

This program is designed as both a personal and a systemic exploration of law, using a combination of cognitive material, interactivity, and experiential exercises.

She will be in Columbia, MO; Kansas City; Lawrence; Topeka; Wichita; Denver; Boulder and Salt Lake City during the week of September 13.

http://www.cuttingedgelaw.com

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