The Zen Lawyer Michael Leizerman
Workshop Agenda

The Core Method Workshop Agenda

October 29 – Nov 1, 2020

Day One
6:00 p.m.Registration
7:00 p.m.Welcome and Introduction
Welcome & Introductions Lisa Carper Preliminary introductions of our speakers, instructions for questions, and information about CLE certificates and filing Attendee Information Sheet.
7:15 p.m.Introducing The FIve Cores
Physical, Emotional, Logical, Motivational and Zen Cores and their use for connecting with a jury.
10:00 p.m.End of Day One
Day Two
7:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:00 a.m.The Physical Core: Meditation for Lawyers
Sitting Meditation
Walking Meditation
10:45 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m.Mindfulness and Practicing Law
Listen to your client, your opponent, your judge, your jury, yourself and others.
1:00 p.m.The Trial Warrior
Learn Aikido and Japanese swordsmanship principles as they apply to jury selection, cross-examination and other parts of trial.
4:00 p.m.Break/Dinner
7:00 p.m.The Motivational Core in Discovery, Mediation, and Trial
Using specific trial examples
Simplifying the case around a Core Truth in opening, direct & cross
Using defense depositions to prove your case
10 p.m.End of Day Two
Day Three
7:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:00 a.m.From Presentation into Persuasion
Transforming Stage Fright into Stage Presence
Creating the Jury’s Collective NOW
8:15 a.m.Introduction to Live Communication Principles
Who is Speaking? . . . A Person, or a “Lawyer”?
Who is Listening? . . . Talking to One vs Talking to Twelve
Story Structure & Story Telling . . . Uniting Jurors into Action
Eye Contact . . . Forging a Human Relationship
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 p.m.The Tools of Oral Advocacy
Body Language . . . What Listeners Can See
Vocal Inflection . . . Breathing Life into Language
Translating Legalese into English
Deploying Silence . . . What Happens Between the Words
1:00 p.m.From Monologue into Dialog
Voir Dire . . . The Invitation of Genuine Inquiry
Witness Examinations . . . Making Them Juror Centered
3:30 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m.The Emotional Core in Discovery, Mediation, and Trial
Sample closing argument and discussion
6:15 p.m.End of Day Three
Day Four
7:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:00 a.m.The Logical Core in Discovery, Mediation, and Trial
The key to big damages
Putting it all together—maintaining consistency throughout all aspects of trial
11:00 a.m.End of Day Four