Monthly Archives: July 2006

On Using a Two-Column Format

In MSCD, at 12.20, I say “the need to distinguish between sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses and sub-clauses means that using columns is not an …

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Who Owns the Copyright?

My previous post on the contract drafter as copyright violator sidestepped a very pertinent question—under U.S. law, who owns the copyright in a contract that …

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“Coupled with an Interest”

When I redraft a contract, part of the task involves coming up with language that is equivalent to, but clearer and more efficient than, what’s …

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Readability Tests and the Contract Drafter

Earlier this year I redrafted a complex commercial agreement and sent it off to the client. I received in response a comment that I hadn’t …

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More on Rhetorical Emphasis

In MSCD (13.37–38) I briefly discuss “rhetorical emphasis”—adding verbiage to a provision not to change its meaning but to make it more emphatic. I suggest …

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“Survival”

I’ve recently been thinking about the concept of “survival.” It crops up in contracts in three ways, and in each of those contexts it’s either …

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“From the Beginning of Time” and “At Law or in Equity”

Recently someone asked me about settlement and release agreements, and that put me in mind of a picturesque drafting usage that’s a fixture of release …

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November 2006 Toronto Drafting Workshop

The box office is now open for the “Intensive Contract Drafting Workshop” that I’ll be conducting in Toronto on November 6–7, 2006, under the auspices …

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