TRANSFORMING THE LEGAL PROFESSION

“In order to change an existing paradigm, you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.”

Welcome!  We’re glad you found us.  

 

For many years, lawyers have been creating new models and approaches to legal issues. Most of us have been seen as unusual or even weird by our colleagues. We’ve often heard, “I thought I was alone!” when we’ve connected with these courageous trailblazers. We recognize and embrace innovators!

 

 

Founded by Kim Wright as a website in 2009, Cutting Edge Law Enterprises, Inc. is now a Florida Social Purpose Corporation.  Over the years, it has supported a membership organization;  projects in continuing legal education and law schools;  and advancing the cause of Integrative Law in the world.  

 

 

From 2008 to 2023, Kim was a digital nomad, peripatetically spreading the message that law could be different, that lawyers could be fully self-expressed in designing careers in the legal system.

 

 

In 2023, Kim woke up one morning and realized she had traveled enough.  It was time to settle in one place and put down roots.  Surprising herself as much as anyone else, she chose to go back to North Carolina, to the place where her law practice had begun in 1995. 

 

 

Kim is still working on fulfilling the vision for the legal system, which she wrote at Findhorn, Scotland in 2014.  She still has projects around the world. Her life and the way she does that just look rather different than they did over the last few years.  

 

 

Vision for the Legal System: 2045

The seeds of the late 1990s and early 2000s have flourished.  We are grateful to our trailblazers and pioneers who held this vision and brought it to fruition.

Lawyers are now recognized for our true purposes: peacemaking, problem-solving and healing the wounds of the community. We are agents of transformation with our clients, helping each to use conflict as an opportunity for transformation and to access greater synergy and creativity. We create sustainable agreements and resolutions. Trials are rare and civil. Collaboration, prevention, and compassionate listening are the lawyers’ stock in trade. 

Lawmakers serve, conscious of all stakeholders, and of our interconnectedness with Nature and each other. They are inclusive as they work on common goals and shared values to benefit everyone.

Law enforcement focuses on Right Relationships, working in partnership with the community to foster strong, empowered and safe communities.

Judges are wise leaders who help to balance competing values, hold everyone accountable, and deliver fair results with love, compassion and empathy.

Prisons are a part of our past. Now we focus on rehabilitation, healing, and reconnection for all members of society. Criminal behavior is seen as a symptom of brokenness that needs to be healed and we know that sometimes the brokenness belongs to us all.

Law students still learn the focused, analytical thinking that is known as thinking like a lawyer. Now they are also trained in holistic thinking and wellness. Art is part of the balanced core curriculum.

Our history of restorative practices and nonviolent communication in schools has helped to produce citizens who tell their truths, take responsibility, and accept accountability.

The Legal System Works for Everyone.

There are no more lawyer jokes. They’re not funny anymore.