Many people, especially lawyers, are prone to mock what they don’t understand.
It is why change comes so slowly to our profession. While the year is 2015, it is quite common for attorneys today to rely on courtroom techniques that have not been freshened since newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was on trial in 1976 for helping her kidnappers - the Symbionese Liberation Army - rob a bank.
When progress comes, we applaud it.
This week, on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, legal affairs reporter Jacob Gershman (photo above) chronicled the pioneering steps being taken by some law firms and law schools to incorporate meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises and other Zen-like practices into their practices and courses.
“Soft winds of change are rustling through the legal profession,” Gershman writes. The movement toward Zen-inspired routines is “on the cusp” of impacting the sometimes-stodgy field of law, he adds.
Gershman writes that about two dozen law schools have already incorporated mindfulness exercises into their classrooms. Among them are the University of Miami and Florida International University College of Law.
The legal department at Facebook and the commercial law firm Fox Rothschild LLP are two clients of Judi Cohen, who launched a mindfulness coaching firm in 2014 after three decades as a real-estate lawyer in Northern California.
Cohen puts attorneys through exercises designed to cultivate empathy and understanding. She tells Gershman that most of the lawyers she works with participate with an open-mind.
At The Jury Whisperer, we invite broad-minded legal professionals to explore the role that the refined skill of Intuition can play in modernizing the process of discovery, voir dire, and witness preparation. We are able to access what prospective jurors and witnesses are feeling and thinking at a depth far beyond anything current methods of analysis can reach.
Zen techniques have proven effective for more than 1,500 years, although modern scientists are still struggling to unlock the mysteries of why.
Similarly, our clients can’t yet turn to scholarly legal or scientific texts to pinpoint the basis for our ability - as lawyers - to plumb the unconscious and unexpressed thoughts of prospective jurors and witness. All our clients know is that, like Zen, Intuition delivers demonstrable results.
As best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell writes in his trailblazing book, Blink, “the best decisions [are] often those that are impossible to explain to others.”
Jacob Gershman gets it. So does Judi Cohen and dozens of law school deans and legal firms around the country.
We encourage you to schedule a free consultation and let us help guide you to your own revelation. email@example.com