Holding a CLE Seminar on Saturday?

Greetings from Calgary! Instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend at home, eating leftovers, I’m in Canada, where I’ve just finished presenting my “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar at the Calgary office of Blakes, a leading Canadian law firm. I think they found it worthwhile, and I got some nifty Blakes swag out of it.

But from my perspective, what was most distinctive about this seminar was that it was held on Saturday. I’ve spoken at conferences on a weekend, but I’ve never held a seminar on a weekend. The big advantage it offers is that it’s less likely that clients and other lawyers will be clamoring for the attention of those present. On the other hand, it means that those attending lose a good part of the weekend. It’s a trade-off, but Blakes evidently decided that the benefits outweighed the costs.

It may be that more organizations don’t hold seminars on a weekend simply because the possibility doesn’t cross anyone’s mind. You might want to consider it.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.