The AdamsDrafting Blog Is Dead, Long Live "The Koncise Drafter"!

Welcome to the website for Koncision Contract Automation. And in particular, welcome to my new blog, The Koncise Drafter.

This blog replaces my blog on AdamsDrafting, where I’ve been blogging since 2006. Although the AdamsDrafting blog will, along with the rest of AdamsDrafting, remain up and will have value as an archive of over 700 posts, I won’t be updating it.

The AdamsDrafting blog acted as a foundation for everything else I do. For the first couple of years I blogged like a man possessed, building a wealth of new material that made its way into the second edition of my book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. And the blog helped connect me with a broad readership.

The fact that just this week the ABA Journal saw fit to include the AdamsDrafting blog in their Blawg 100 for the second year in a row (see here) suggests that things were chugging along nicely. So why upset the apple cart? Giving up an established blog is not something to be done lightly; I recall Bob Ambrogi (here) and Venkat Balasubramani (here) agonizing over whether to do just that, and then deciding not to.

But I had no reservations about mothballing the AdamsDrafting blog and launching The Koncise Drafter. AdamsDrafting represented an interim stage until such time as I was able to harness my contract-language guidelines to a suitable document-assembly technology and use that as the basis for building an online library of document-assembly templates of business contracts. That time is now at hand—hence Koncision Contract Automation. My excitement at embarking on a project that has been gestating for the past ten years leaves no room for any regret at bidding farewell to AdamsDrafting.

For you, the reader, I hope the transition is a painless one. For better or worse, my voice will be the same. And although I don’t expect to be matching the quantity of my AdamsDrafting posts through 2008, I think you won’t be disappointed. As I work to create Koncision’s first line of contracts, I’ll be wrestling mano-a-mano with contract language in a way that I haven’t previously. And I’ll enjoy chronicling my efforts to make real what I’ve been jawboning about for years.

This site is a work in progress, as is Koncision Contract Automation. But I wasn’t willing to delay making this transition until I had a gleaming suite of Koncision products ready to go. For one thing, I had already made the switch in my mind. And more practically, I anticipate that the feedback I get while working on Koncision’s confidentiality-agreement templates will result in a better product.

So again, welcome!

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.

2 thoughts on “The AdamsDrafting Blog Is Dead, Long Live "The Koncise Drafter"!”

  1. Your project is much needed in the marketplace. Document assembly has real potential to improve the quality and quantity of documents that are produced by our contract drafting efforts (quantity per unit of attorney input, not aggregate quantity, although that might be an unintended consequence); however, trying to use document assembly without quality templates is like running a modern computer on DOS–a lot of potential but not very useful.


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