Monthly Archives: July 2009

Signing Off for August

I’m looking forward to August. I’ll be spending time in Cap Ferret, on France’s west coast; in Geneva, Switzerland; and in Saratoga Springs, in upstate …

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Contract Drafting and the Limits of “Free”

Publication of Chris Anderson’s book Free: The Future of a Radical Price has prompted a lot of online discussion about the extent to which a thriving …

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If You’ve Watched the Webcasts and Are Contemplating Attending a Seminar

If you’ve watched my webcasts and are contemplating attending one of my live seminars, you might want to read the following: The seminars cover the …

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Thinking of Adopting a House Style for Contract Drafting? Here’s How I’d Do It

I’ve recently been emphasizing, in print and in speaking engagements, that for any organization that wants to gain control of the drafting process, a necessary first step …

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“Drafting Up” and Extraneous Prepositions

Today I noticed that someone said on Twitter that they were “drafting up a screenplay contract for legal revisions” (emphasis added). That sent me to …

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Webcast 7: It’s on Automating the Contract Process, and It’s Free

Webcast 7 in my Drafting Clearer Contracts series of webcasts will be launched with a live session starting 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 22. …

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“Contractual”

I can’t recall ever having used the adjective contractual, meaning “of, pertaining to, or secured by a contract.” I find it an awkward mouthful. As …

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Lawyers Weekly Article About Adams and Commodification of Contract Drafting

The current issue of The Lawyers Weekly, the Canadian periodical, contains a nifty article on how to make contract drafting a commodity. Yours truly is …

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Webcast 6: My Conversation with Bryn Vaaler

Excuse me if I mention another upcoming webcast, the sixth in my Drafting Clearer Contracts series. It runs for the first time as a “live” …

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Yet Another Instance of Semantic Ambiguity: “Salary”

The case of Citgo Petroleum Corp. v. Ranger Enters., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58676 (Conn. Mar. 17, 2009), revolved around whether, as used in the …

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Making a Release Automatic

A court opinion doesn’t have to come from an exalted court in order for it to raise an issue of interest to drafters generally. A …

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Wal-Mart Case Raises Issue of Categories of Contract Language

D.C. Toedt has posted on his On Technology Contracts blog this item about an opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a case …

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Another Instance of Semantic Ambiguity: “Buys”

In Comtide Holdings, LLC v. Booth Creek Mgmt. Corp., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 15086 (6th Cir. July 2, 2009), the following provision was at issue: …

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My Response to a Student Seeking Advice on Contract Drafting

Today I came across a blog post entitled, straightforwardly enough, “Looking for Advice on Contract Drafting.” It was posted on the Marquette University Law School …

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Contract Interpretation and Contract Drafting

Oxford University Press was kind enough to send me a review copy of their new book Elements of Contract Interpretation, by Steven J. Burton, a …

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Any Webcast Feedback?

Today sees the launch of webcast 5 in my series Drafting Clearer Contracts, which is being offered by West LegalEdcenter and is sponsored by Business …

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Response to a Young Traditionalist

Hot on the heels of Venkat Balasubramani’s Twitter update reminding me of all those I have yet to convince came a message from one of …

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Contract Drafting as a “Niche” Subject

Twitter has become a low-key part of my public profile (my Twitter ID is @AdamsDrafting). Links to my new blog posts go out automatically on …

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