Revisiting Contracts, Lawyers, and Change

I noticed a 3 Geeks and a Law Blog podcast (here) that features Toby Brown answering a “crystal ball question.” Here’s the teaser: Toby Brown takes on our question this week by talking about the fact that attorneys are resistant to changing behaviors, not because they are unwilling to adapt to new technology, but because this is an industry that … Read More

ChatGPT Won’t Fix Contracts

If you spend any time on law-related social media, you’ve probably encountered chatter about ChatGPT, an AI chatbot system built on OpenAI’s Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3), a language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. (Yes, we’re talking artificial intelligence.) Drafting Contracts People have experimented with ChatGPT by asking it to do all sorts of things. (To … Read More

Offering Contract Content: LegalTech Dips Its Toes in the Water

Apart from looking at a few AI-and-contracts services, I long ago stopped paying much attention to legaltech services relating to contracts. Because I don’t do deals, I don’t need what’s on offer, so I’m not in a good position to evaluate it. And the space is so active that even if I wanted to kick some tires, I wouldn’t know … Read More

Putting Definitions in a Definition Section Versus Putting Them “On Site”

Recently I saw this tweet by @strowhiro: Hey, #lawtwitter. Contracts with a defined terms section AND other terms defined throughout: fine or sloppy? — Michelle Strowhiro (@strowhiro) October 19, 2022 It’s a great question, but I thought that the odds of getting clear answer on Twitter were slim, even with 164 people taking a shot at it. To my knowledge, … Read More

The Hole in Corporate Contracting Where Quality Should Be

Last week I noticed Will EY Law Change The Legal Delivery Paradigm?, by Mark Cohen. It’s about EY, the multinational professional services partnership. Here are the first two paragraphs: EY’s leadership recently green lighted a major restructuring, ending months of heated speculation. The plan has two key prongs: (1) EY’s audit and advisory businesses will split; and (2) the advisory business will … Read More

MSCD5: Don’t Equate the Author with Their Work

I’ve been wading through the page proofs of MSCD5. I’m devoting more time to this part of the process than I have with previous editions. I’ve even spotted a few glitches that had slipped into the fourth edition. So things are looking good for MSCD5. But I’ve found myself assessing how I relate to my work. I’m intimately familiar with … Read More

Whether to Use “Degree of Care” or “Efforts”

The other day I saw this in a confidentiality agreement: You could express the same concept using efforts: The Recipient shall use reasonable efforts to prevent disclosure or use of Confidential Information other than as authorized in this agreement. Or you could express it using neither degree of care nor efforts: The Recipient shall take precautions to prevent disclosure or … Read More

MSCD5: The Awesomest Part of the Fifth Edition

One of many additions to the fifth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is an expanded discussion of including. “Great,” I hear you say, deadpan. “Swell.” I assure the jaded among you that this new section is in fact particularly interesting, but that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I want to bring to your attention … Read More

The Myth of the Lone Pizza Genius

In calling this post The Myth of the Lone Pizza Genius, I’m not suggesting that such a myth is widely held. Instead, it’s just a notion that casually lodged itself in my mind. In addition to baking pizza, I’ve had the opportunity to visit three noted pizza joints. In 2017, I dropped by Anthony Mangieri’s restaurant Una Pizza Napolitana, when … Read More