Koncision CA Editorial Boards

You’ve presumably seen this blog post announcing Koncision Contract Automation. I could have waited until Koncision CA was ready for launch before announcing, but I have two reasons for announcing now. One, I want to have the benefit of input from potential users. And two, I want to recruit two editorial boards; that’s what I want to consider now.

To commoditize drafting, you need optimal technology—in ContractExpress, I’ve certainly got that. And you need a rigorous “house style” for your contract language—got that too.

But you also need questionnaires and preloaded contract language that reflect state-of-the-art industry practice and an up-to-date understanding of the law. I’m no expert in specific types of transactions. And even if I were, I certainly wouldn’t want to rely exclusively on my own judgment. That’s why Koncision CA will be constituting editorial boards. I’m currently putting together two together.

Product-Line Editorial Board

One is the editorial board that will be assisting me with our first product, a line of confidentiality agreement templates. This board will have seven members—one from academia, three from company law departments, and three from law firms. No heavy lifting will be involved—instead, the editorial board will spot issues, review outlines, and help determine the scope of this product.

Those who have already agreed to serve on this editorial board are accomplished lawyers with impressive credentials—I’m delighted that I’ll have a chance to work with them. If you have considerable experience dealing with issues relating to confidentiality agreements and think you might want to serve on this editorial board, or if you wish to recommend someone, send me an email. [Updated September 7, 2010: I’ve filled all positions on the NDA editorial. My thanks to those who expressed interest.]

International Editorial Board

I’m determined that Koncision CA’s customer base will be international rather than purely U.S.-based. But for that to happen, our products have to be formulated with international users in mind. To that end, all our products will be scrutinized by an editorial board composed of lawyers experienced in the law of other jurisdictions and in cross-border transactions. Which other jurisctions? Perhaps Europe, China, Japan, the Middle East, South America, and common-law jurisdictions outside the U.S. (England, Canada, Australia). If you’d like to be considered for this editorial board, or if you wish to recommend someone, send me an email.

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.