Monthly Archives: June 2008

Seattle, July 17—The Drinks Are on Me!

On July 17 I’ll be in Seattle giving my West Legalworks seminar. Afterwards, starting at 5:00 p.m., I’ll be meeting a few friends for drinks at …

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Another Second Edition of a Book on Contract Drafting

Maybe it’s sunspots. Or something in the water. At any rate, another second edition of a book related to contract drafting has just been published. This time …

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Degrees of Concision: A Note on Writing in General

Normally I wouldn’t dream of going public with thoughts on writing in general. A vast number of people have busied themselves with that topic, so …

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Line Numbering?

Once in a long while I see a template contract that uses Word’s line-numbering feature to include line numbering in the left margin of each …

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Deal Proof—A Document-Analysis and Proofreading Tool

I said in this blog post that I planned to do a post about Deal Proof. Well, here it is. Deal Proof is a Thomson …

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Mark Your Calendars: Panel Discussion at 2008 ABA Annual Meeting

FYI, I’ll be on the panel for a CLE session at the ABA 2008 annual meeting, which is being held in New York. The topic …

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A Law Firm that Forbids Use of “Shall”?—Addendum

In this post I described how I had heard someone cite by name some companies and one law firm—a multi-office U.S. law firm—that had foresworn …

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“Satisfactory”

If you say that something has to be satisfactory to Acme, the standard might be an objective one, in that it would be met if …

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Steps Law Firms Can Take to Manage the Contract-Drafting Process

Law firms could take a number of steps to put their contract drafting on a more rational footing. They could adopt a contract-drafting “house style” …

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Should I Do Webinars?

West Legalworks would like me to do webinars for them. I’m open to the idea. I could do a series based on MSCD—maybe eight one-hour …

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I’m Back (And So Is the System for Signing Up for Email Updates)

I’m back after a three-week break from blogging. I’m not exactly refreshed, as I was traveling hither and yon doing seminars and, during down time, …

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The State of the Blog, Two Years On

With age, birthdays become less important, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that on the second anniversary of this blog (give or take a …

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“Such As”

Such as is ambiguous—it might be unclear whether the clause it introduces serves to reduce the scope of the class represented by the preceding noun. …

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Emory Law School Conference on Teaching Drafting and Transactional Skills

This past Friday and Saturday I was in Atlanta, at Emory Law School’s conference on “Teaching Drafting and Transactional Skills: The Basics and Beyond.” (Click …

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Appropriate Use of “And/Or”?

In MSCD 8.55 I recommend that you steer clear of and/or unless using it would spare you some verbiage. Well, consider the following basis for …

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Using Parentheses in Contracts

A couple of months ago, reader Kent asked me what I thought about using parentheses in contracts. Here, belatedly, is my answer: In regular prose, …

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