The Zen Lawyer Michael Leizerman
The Zen Lawyer Workshop & Retreat

Practice Law More Fiercely and Compassionately With The Core Method

Upcoming Workshop Dates

October 16th-20th 2024 РRegistration Open Now

Take authenticity and truth into the courtroom to give your clients a winning edge.

To succeed as a trial lawyer and a human being, it is necessary to be conversant not only in logic, but also in intuitive and emotional truth. In service to this, The Zen Lawyer Workshop & Retreat focuses on five cores of self-improvement that function both professionally and personally: physical, emotional, logical, motivational and Zen.

This three-and-a-half day workshop, facilitated by actor and trial consultant Joshua Karton, trial lawyer Michael Leizerman, and Zen Abbot Rinsen Roshi, fuses theater skills, martial arts, and mindfulness training to connect with a jury and win cases.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Mindfulness in Law Practice: Learn Zen meditation to help you listen to your client, your opponent, your judge, your jury and yourself.
  • The Trial Warrior: Learn Aikido principles¬†as they apply to jury selection, cross-examination, and other parts of your trial.
  • Transform stage fright into stage presence. Create the jury’s collective “NOW”.
  • Learn how to organize and prove your case using Core Truths during case prep, deposition, and trial.


The workshop will be held at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Toledo at 3902 Emmajean Road, Toledo, OH 43607. You are welcome to free lodging in a men’s, women’s or non-gender identified bunk room. There are men’s, women’s and non-gender identified restrooms and showers. There are 7 bunks (14 beds) per room. The mattresses are comfortable.

There are also inexpensive (but new and clean) hotel rooms on Secor Road, about 3 miles (10 minutes by car) away at the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Holiday Inn Express.

Click here to register for The Zen Lawyer Workshop & Retreat 2024


Meet The Instructors

Joshua Karton

Actor, Director, Writer and Trial Consultant

Joshua Karton Bio

Michael Leizerman

Trial Lawyer (practice concentrates on select catastrophic trucking cases), Zen Practice Leader, Aikido Student, William Esper Acting Studio Summer Graduate

Michael Leizerman Bio

Jay Rinsen Weik

Rinsen Roshi is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, Zen Abbott and Teacher

Jay Rinsen Weik Bio

Praise For The Zen Lawyer Workshop & Retreat

I recommend it to all trial lawyers.

One of the most powerful trial advocacy seminars I have ever attended.
- Rob Erney

Take advantage of this opportunity.

I can say without doubt this seminar has improved the way I practice law.
- Joe Ervin

A more mindful approach.

The workshop made me a better lawyer and more thoughtful person.
- Martin Mathers