Monthly Archives: April 2009

Fall 2009 Penn Law Contract-Redrafting Project—Now Accepting Submissions!

My thoughts are turning to my fall 2009 contract-drafting course at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It’s time for me to start looking again …

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The Conspicuousness Requirement of Texas’s “Express Negligence” Rule

I spent this morning in Toronto conducting a seminar at Rogers Communications, the Canadian communications company. David Miller, the general counsel of Rogers Communications, mentioned …

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The U.S. News Rankings of Legal Writing Programs: How They Relate to Teaching Contract Drafting

What I do bears little relation to traditional law-school legal-writing programs, which teach writing for litigation—research memos, appellate briefs, and the like. Nevertheless, I had …

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The WSGR Term Sheet Generator: The Inexorable Creep of Document Assembly

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a fervent booster of using document assembly to draft contracts. I keep banging on that drum …

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The Historical Roots of Redundant Synonyms

On a flight home from London on Sunday, I started reading The Stories of English, by David Crystal. Published in 2004, it’s a well-received, and …

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Having Two People Sign for One Party

In any given contract, the signature block for a legal entity will routinely contain two signature lines rather than just one. Why have two people …

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“Signatory”

The word signatory is ambiguous. Black’s Law Dictionary defines signatory as “A party that signs a document, personally or through an agent, and thereby becomes …

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“I Have Authority to Bind the Corporation”

Here’s a usage I haven’t written about before: placing under the contract signature block of an corporation, below the signature line, the notation I have authority …

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Bringing Change to Contract Drafting: A Conversation Between Ken Adams and Ron Friedmann

I’ve long read the Strategic Legal Technology blog by Ron Friedmann. Ron has spent most of the last two decades in legal technology, but recently he …

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Calling Out Around the World: Adams Rolls Out Custom Contract-Drafting Webinars

Today I heard from a client with an interesting proposition. They had wanted me to do my day-long “Contract Drafting—Language and Layout” seminar as part …

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Latinisms in Contracts

In the current edition of New York magazine, someone agitating about Facebook’s new terms of service is quoted as saying “No Latin! I’m not sure …

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“In Each Case” and Disambiguation

A chapter of MSCD is devoted to syntactic ambiguity, in other words uncertainty over which part of a sentence a given word or phrase modifies. …

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Providing for Notice by Email (Including Information About RPost)

Not satisfied with having prompted my recent foray into fax terminology, reader David Baghdassarian posted to that item the following comment on providing for notice …

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A List of Contract-Automation Resources

I’ve just returned from my trip to Philadelphia to speak at the DELVACCA conference. It was great finally meeting my co-presenter, Karen Gray of Christie’s. …

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