The Center on Dispute Resolution,
Quinnipiac School of Law
Introduction to Conscious Contracts®:
If your work is collaborative, shouldn’t your contracts be collaborative, too?
Tuesday December 14, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Introducing Special Guest Speaker:
J. Kim Wright, JD
The Conscious Contracts® model is a proprietary process for creating sustainable, relational and values-based agreements. The process provides a framework for authentic communication, connection, clarity, and relationship design. It builds on best practices of modern contracts like plain language, design thinking, and using visuals. It is also influenced by restorative justice, collaboration, and conscious business practices.
The Conscious Contracts® process can be used to create many types of contracts where a good relationship is important to the fulfillment of the agreement. They can be especially useful in collaborative practice or between co-founders, impact investors, companies and vendors, landlords and tenants, publishers and authors, employee-employer, or even for intra-family agreements.
A key principle is that contracts do not belong to the lawyers or the court. They are living documents which reflect the parties’ desires to come together for a shared purpose. Participants in the process find that they are inspired and even have fun creating their agreements. They discover a new level of trust and empowerment.
Special Guest Speaker:
J. Kim Wright, J.D.
J. Kim Wright is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin School of Law. She has been licensed as a lawyer since 1989 and since 1994 has been a member of the North Carolina bar. She is credited as one of the founders of the Integrative Law Movement and is co-creator of the Conscious Contracts® process. She’s the author of two ABA best-sellers, Lawyers as Peacemakers (2010) and Lawyers as Changemakers (2016) and co-editor of Trauma-Informed Law, to be published by the ABA in 2022. She has contributed to several other books and periodicals. In 2009, Kim was named one of the first ABA Legal Rebels (the visionaries of the profession), recognized as being “The Collaborator.” As the CEO and Leader of Cutting-Edge Law Enterprises, a Florida social purpose corporation, she is involved in projects on six continents, dedicated to bringing transformation to the legal system. She is visiting faculty at Quinnipiac University School of Law and a consultant and thinking partner to conscious business and change-making lawyers.