You Cannot Be an Informed Consumer of Contract Language Without Consulting “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting”

I’ve been saying this for a while, as an aside in various writings, but I might as well shout it from the rooftops: You cannot be an informed consumer (or producer) of contract language without consulting A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. That’s because MSCD is the only work that offers a comprehensive set of guidelines for the building … Read More

On Being Cited

Last week readers told me I was cited by the Delaware Court of Chancery in MALT Family Trust v. 777 Partners LLC. The topic wasn’t anything too exciting—the meaning of notwithstanding. A little more notable was the U.S. Solicitor General citing me a couple of months ago in their brief in Pulsifer v. U.S. (here). I was aware of the … Read More

What Is a Copy-and-Paste Monkey?

Yesterday I launched an online store to sell A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting T-shirts and mugs. Why? For the heck of it. See this blog post for more. The items on sale feature, in addition to the cover of MSCD, the design in the image above, which was the winning entry in a contest I ran on 99designs. … Read More

MSCD T-Shirts and Mugs? Someone Pinch Me!

Have you yearned for A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting merchandise? Well, your days of yearning are now over: go here to buy two kinds of MSCD T-shirt (both short-sleeve and long-sleeve) and two kinds of mug! Wait, that’s not quite as crass as it seems! First, I’ll donate all proceeds to a worthy cause, the Belmont Child Care … Read More

MSCD5: The Five Editions

The photo above shows the spines of all five editions of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. It doesn’t bring to mind anything particularly profound—just two thoughts. First, when considered from day to day, what I do has been more fun than it has any right to be. But if you consider the totality of it, you realize that … Read More

MSCD5: Why It’s a Meaningful Upgrade

So the fifth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting has been unleashed. (Buy it here!) You own the fourth edition and are wondering whether you should fork over for MSCD5 US$139.95 plus any tax and shipping. If working with contracts is an important part of what you do and you’ve found MSCD4 valuable, I think you’d appreciate … Read More

Inappropriately Using Possessive Pronouns with Defined Terms

This week I was noodling with some contract language, and I wrote the Company or any of its Members. That was a mistake—Member was defined to mean a member of the Company, not a member of any limited liability company. I should have said the Company or any Member. I was attuned to this because the day before I had … Read More

MSCD5: It’s Out Now!

So much for mid-April! Print copies of the fifth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting are now available for purchase from the American Bar Association, here, for US$139.95. For the next six months, that’s the only place you’ll be able to buy it. If you’re located outside the US, you’ll have to pay a significant shipping fee. … Read More

MSCD5: Can I Interest You in Doing a Review?

It would be hard to think of something more unfashionable than a book review, but book reviews perform a valuable service. The in-depth expertise required to tackle a demanding subject likely resides in books, but most of those looking to benefit from that expertise necessarily won’t possess the expertise required to evaluate that expertise. (Catch-22!) Book reviews can help people … Read More

MSCD5: When and How Much!

Friends, the fifth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (otherwise known as MSCD5) will be available for purchase from the American Bar Association in mid-April 2023. To echo what a deeply nerdy reader actually said, “I feel excitement in the air!” It has been a long time coming. I started work on it in November 2021. And … Read More