So I’m a Legal Rebel

As part of their ambitious Legal Rebels project, the ABA Journal has named me one of their fifty “Legal Rebels.” They’ve been rolling out profiles of their Legal Rebels, and they’ve now posted mine; click here to go to it.

Rebellion isn’t something that usually comes to mind when I think of the American Bar Association, but I commend Ed Adams and his team for their effort to set a different tone. In any event, I’m pleased that they’ve chosen to recognize my efforts. If you have the urge to show me the love, or wish to say your piece about changes in contract drafting, I’d be tickled if you’d do so by posting a comment to my Legal Rebels profile.

Accompanying the profile is a video interview that includes my four-minute deconstruction of two short bits of the Oracle–Sun Microsystems merger agreement. This was my first encounter with video journalism. With print, I have a fair amount of control over the product, but this was a very different matter—no scripting, no rehearsal, no retakes, no control. I can see how, when the stakes are higher, media coverage can be an unpredictable beast.

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.