Monthly Archives: October 2010

My Trip to the ACC Annual Meeting, in Might-Have-Been Tweets

A feature of my wary relationship with Twitter:  When I’m on the road and should, in theory, be regaling the world with salvos of bracing …

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Revised Copyright Notice

My thanks to those who commented on my draft of the copyright notice for my book The Structure of M&A Contracts. Here’s my revised version: …

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Panel Discussion at ACC Annual Meeting (And Book Giveaway!)

The annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel will soon be upon us, and I’m gearing up for my part in the panel discussion …

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Australia: A Haven for Contract Drafters?

Earlier this week I saw the following notice on the website of The Australian (emphasis added): GLOBAL firm Jones Day has poached Tony Wassaf from Allens …

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What Do You Think of My Draft Copyright Notice?

My book The Structure of M&A Contracts will be published in two or three weeks. I’m currently torturing West with comments on the page proofs. …

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Does Anyone Still Review Law Books?

I have yet to write a review of a book on contract drafting, and I don’t expect I ever will. Any such review would inevitably be …

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Locking a Draft Contract

Longtime reader Jim Brashear, now general counsel of Zix Corporation, shared with me a series of exchanges he engaged in regarding locking, and unlocking, Word draft …

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Why I Don’t Use “Immediately” or “Automatically” to Reinforce “If … Then” Causality

Recently in my contract-drafting course at Penn Law I drilled my students in the categories of contract language. (I suggest that understanding categories of contract …

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Relying Unduly on “Arising Out Of” in Arbitration Provisions

That one-man legal-news phenom Steven Sholk pointed me to this story on Law360.com. (Subscription required, or free trial.) It describes how in a petition filed …

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“Further”

Contract language differs from narrative, expository, and persuasive prose. When the writer needs to tell a story, explain, or convince, one block of text picks …

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To Avoid Fights About Lexical Ambiguity, Be Imaginative

Lexical ambiguity arises when the context is insufficient to allow readers to determine the sense of a word that has more than one meaning. You’d …

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“Aggressively”?

In a contract he drafted for an assignment, one of my Penn Law students used the word aggressively. I immediately turned to EDGAR, where I …

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