My New NYJL Article—The Director's Cut!

On April 1 the New York Law Journal published my article The New Associate and the Future of Contract Drafting. Normally I’d make available to you a spiffy reprint prepared by the NYLJ, but this time I produced my own non-spiffy version.

That’s because the NYLJ asked, late in the process, that I omit a section describing the notion of outsourcing to a document-assembly vendor the task of creating and maintaining templates. The NYLJ was concerned that it would be unseemly to include that section, given that I’m now in the business of facilitating such outsourcing.

The NYLJ of course gets to decide what they publish, and after a brief discussion I let them remove the offending section. But without that section, the article tells only part of the story. And if earning a living at a given activity were to preclude one from voicing (with full disclosure) any opinion regarding the benefits of that activity, public discourse would be the poorer for it.

So that’s why I’m making available a version with the omitted section restored (and clearly marked as not having been included in the published version). In the great tradition of Hollywood egomania, I’m calling it “the director’s cut.” Go here for a copy.

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.