The Not-So-Mysterious Dearth of BigLaw Associates at My Public Seminars

On November 17 I’ll be giving a West LegalEdcenter seminar in New York. I suspect that although I’ll be in the densest BigLaw cluster in the land, BigLaw associates will be underrepresented at the seminar, as compared to company counsel and contracts professionals. And that’s been pretty much the case at all my U.S. seminars. (My seminars in Canada are a different matter.)

My only reason for mentioning this is that for contract language to improve, everyone’s going to have to be at the table—particularly law firms, as they set the tone.

I can think of a few straightforward reasons for the dearth of BigLaw associates, and I’ve listed them in the following poll. Whether or not you’re a BigLaw associate yourself, I invite you to pick the one or more explanations that you think make most sense. Feel free to add a not-too-scurrilous one of your own!

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.