At the ABA Section of Business Law annual meeting, which this year is being held in San Francisco, I’ll be on the panel for a program entitled “How to Write Better Business Documents.” It’s being sponsored by Business Law Today and will be held on Friday, August 10th, from 2:30PM to 4:30PM. I’ll be speaking about—guess what?—contracts.
It should be a lot of fun, given that the other panel members are Richard Wydick and Bryan Garner.
Dick Wydick is, of course, author of Plain English for Lawyers, now in its fifth edition. To quote the Legal Writing Institute, “Perhaps no single work has done more to improve the writing of lawyers and law students and to promote the modern trend toward a clear, plain style of legal writing.” Dick has been unstintingly generous to me over the years.
As for Bryan Garner, I don’t have the time or room to list his books. (If you’re new to Planet Earth and are unfamiliar with Bryan’s works, go here for a list.) I importuned Bryan, too, when I was first getting to grips with contract language, and without his Dictionary of Modern American Legal Usage I might be floundering still. At my home office, his Garner’s Modern American Usage is always within arm’s-reach.
To find out more about the ABA Section of Business Law annual meeting, go here.