Drafting Clearer Contracts – Philadelphia, PA ESSENTIALS OF CLEAR, CONCISE, & MODERN DRAFTING


Event Details

Apr 20, 2017

8:00AM - 4:00PM

Philadelphia, PA

$895 USD

Call to register: 1-800-308-1700

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April 20, 2017 – This seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion. It’s based on Ken Adams’s book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say. It’s suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Ken has to say comes as news to even senior contracts professionals.

Gain practical guidance from real-life examples drawn from actual contracts in this interactive, hands-on workshop. Ken demonstrates the flaws in standard usages and recommends clearer, more concise alternatives. Rather than simply lecturing, he encourages participation through questions, discussion, and drafting exercises.

Special Offers

Group discounts available, call 1-800-308-1700 for details.


Why You Should Attend

  • To improve your and your team’s contract drafting skills through interactive learning
  • To save you and your company time in drafting and negotiating
  • To reduce the risk of potential disputes/lawsuits
  • To learn ways of expressing contract terms free of redundancies, ambiguities and other problems that afflict traditional contract language

Who Should Attend

  • Law firm attorneys
  • Inside counsel
  • Paralegals/managers in law firms and corporations
  • Contract managers
  • Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts

Event Details

Thursday, Apr 20

The Front and Back of the Contract
  • Title and introductory clause
  • Function and layout of recitals
  • Traditional recital of consideration
  • Concluding clause
  • Role of exhibits and schedules
Categories of Contract Language
  • Different categories of contract language and their function
  • How to distinguish between categories
  • Why does it matter?
Categories of Contract Language, cont.

Categories of Contract Language, continued.

  • How to present sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses
  • Using Adams’ enumeration scheme
  • Issues of typography
Using Defined Terms
  • Two kinds of definitions
  • Role of the definition section
  • Using an index of defined terms
Ambiguity and Vagueness
  • Different kinds of ambiguity
  • How to avoid them
Selected Usages
  • Problematic words and phrases
  • Clearer alternatives
Drafting as Writing

Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting

Bringing It All Together

Redrafting sample provisions

Effecting Change
  • The individual
  • The organization
Seminar Concludes

Closing Remarks

Earn CLE Credits: 5.5*

Ken Adams

Founder and President of Adams Contracts Consulting LLC

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Philadelphia City Center

237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


We do not have a guest room block for this program.  Please contact the hotel directly for best available rates. For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at Meghan.landis@tr.com or 201.912.3042

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