Why Contract Managers?

In today’s post about nonlawyers and contract drafting (here), I offer contract managers a discount on my new online course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. Why contract managers? Why not other nonlawyer constituencies? One reason is that contract managers might be the biggest, most homogenous nonlawyer bloc working with contracts. But mainly it’s because I’ve long thought that contract managers might … Read More

Nonlawyers Can Help With Contract Drafting (As Long as They’re the Right Nonlawyers)

Recently I tweeted this: Legal builds contracts because lawyers are good at claiming turf. Contracts are business documents: that they're legally enforceable and contain dispute resolution provisions isn't a reason to make them a legal fiefdom. Give them to people skilled in deals and contract language. — Ken Adams (@AdamsDrafting) August 16, 2020 I’ll now explain myself in more than … Read More

Three New Series of “Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass” Starting in September!

This is the first week of the first three series of my new course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. It has had its nerve-wracking moments. Ah, yes, I have to remember to mute the second incarnation of myself that I invite to join each Zoom session to annotate a PowerPoint presentation. And a tropical-storm-induced power outage always adds excitement. I’m quickly … Read More

Many Judges Are Bad at Textual Interpretation. What Do We Do About It?

The legal profession is afflicted by systemic problems, some urgent, some chronic. But here’s one you might not be aware of: it appears that many judges are ill-equipped to perform basic textual interpretation. Such a generalization has to be grounded in specifics, so let’s look at a recent opinion issued by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, State v. Khalil, No. … Read More

“SmallLaw” Discount, Payment Plan, and Other “Masterclass” News

It’s an interesting business, having a storefront for my course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. If you go to the home page, you’ll see that I’ve added some stuff. Value Proposition I’ve added this paragraph to explain the value of the course: Why take Masterclass? Because traditional contract language is dysfunctional. It’s full of archaisms, redundancies, random verb structures, and ill-conceived conventional … Read More

A Conversation About “Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass”

Today I joined Colin Cannell, Gabe Meister, and Jen Roemershauser in a 30-minute conversation about my recently launched course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. They’re well equipped to discuss the course because they took part in the trial version of it and lived to tell the tale. My thanks to Colin, Gabe, and Jen for taking the time to join me. … Read More

What Does “Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass” Cover?

With this blog post, yesterday I launched my new online course, Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. Now let me tell you more about what the course covers. The course outline provides an overview of what’s required to prepare for each session and what we discuss in each session. For more detail, click on “Register Now” on the home page (or click … Read More

“Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass” Is Now Open for Business!

I’m pleased to announce that you can now register for my new online course, Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. The Course This course is built around eight live hour-long sessions held once a week and supplemented by reading, quizzes, and short assignments. Go here for the course outline. The goal is to help you say clearly whatever you want to say … Read More