Masterclass: Some Early Feedback

This past week I wrapped up the first three series (apart from trial series) of my new online course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. On thing that’s clear is that for many people, pandemic life is hectic. I ended up moving several people to a later series because of some crisis or other. And plenty of people missed sessions for various … Read More

Two October 2020 Series of “Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass”!

I’m getting the hang of Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. I’m no Zoom maestro, but I’ve sorted out my two-device setup (so I can annotate my PowerPoint presentation while keeping an eye on things), and it’s been a while since I screwed things up. And my ring light shows my ravaged mug to great effect! I’m pleased with Thinkific, the learning … Read More

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