Drafting Clearer Contracts – San Francisco ESSENTIALS OF CLEAR, CONCISE & MODERN DRAFTING

Event Details

Nov 29, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

San Francisco, CA

$895 USD

Call to register: 1-800-308-1700

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November 2018 – This seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion as taught by internationally renowned subject matter expert Ken Adams, author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, now in an updated fourth edition. This seminar’s focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely what you mean. Legal industry professionals at all levels of seniority will hear valuable insights from Ken’s lucid and succinct instruction. 

Register today and gain practical guidance from real-world 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.

Full details & online registration coming soon. Earn up to 5.5 CLE Credits*

*Number may vary in accordance with state guidelines

Special Offers

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

Event Details

Thursday, Nov 29

8:00 AM
Registration
9:00 AM
Introduction
  • The state of contract drafting
  • Costs and causes of deficient drafting
  • Program goals
9:20 AM
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
10:10 AM
Categories of Contract Language
  • Different categories of contract language and their function
  • How to distinguish between categories
  • Why does it matter?
10:30 AM
Break
10:45 AM
Categories of Contract Language (cont.)
  • Different categories of contract language and their function
  • How to distinguish between categories
  • Why does it matter?
11:25 AM
Layout
  • How to present sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses
  • Using Adams’ enumeration scheme
  • Issues of typography
11;35 AM
Using Defined Terms
  • Two kinds of definitions
  • Role of the definition section
  • Using an index of defined terms
12:00 PM
Luncheon
1:00 PM
Ambiguity and Vagueness
  • Different kinds of ambiguity
  • How to avoid them
1:30 PM
Selected Usages
  • Problematic words and phrases
  • Clearer alternatives
2:15 PM
Drafting as Writing
  • Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting
2:30 PM
Break
2:45 PM
Bringing It All Together
  • Redrafting sample provisions
3:45 PM
Effecting Change
  • The individual
  • The organization
4:00 PM
Conclusion

Closing Remarks

Earn CLE Credits: 5.5*

*Number may vary depending on state guidelines

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