In my experience, people will turn out for continuing-legal-education sessions on contract drafting. For example, at those annual meetings of the Association of Corporate Counsel that I’ve attended, the sessions on contract drafting have been mobbed.
And turnout at last week’s CLE event organized by the Idaho State Bar (see this post) conveyed the same message.
So, bar associations, if you want a healthy number of people to attend your next CLE session, make it about contract drafting.
What’s that? Whom should you get as speaker? You could get A.N. Other to be your speaker, but that might not be too compelling. What? Can I recommend someone? Funny you should ask. I’m willing to be a speaker for bar associations in locations that aren’t too close to where I do public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars with West (in the U.S.) or Osgoode Professional Development (in Canada).
In that regard, permit me to reproduce this comment by Brent Wilson, chair of the Business and Corporate Law Section of the Idaho State Bar:
It was an absolute pleasure to have Ken here in Idaho to present his Drafting Clearer Contracts seminar. We had near record attendance in both Coeur d’Alene and Boise. And all that prevented greater attendance in Boise was the size of the room—the seminar was a sellout. This is a testament to the interest here in Idaho on the topic of better contract drafting, and a testament to Ken’s reputation. His seminar is informative and thought provoking, and Ken is a talented presenter. I highly recommend the Drafting Clearer Contracts seminar to any person or group interested in enhancing contract drafting skills.