Why Contract Managers?

In today’s post about nonlawyers and contract drafting (here), I offer contract managers a discount on my new online course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. Why contract managers? Why not other nonlawyer constituencies?

One reason is that contract managers might be the biggest, most homogenous nonlawyer bloc working with contracts. But mainly it’s because I’ve long thought that contract managers might be particularly prone to a pathology that faces those who work with contracts—learned helplessness. Some commentators from the contract-management community cede to lawyers all responsibility (and blame) for contract language. And they express little interest in the idea that contract managers would benefit from being informed consumers of contract language. Instead, they compensate for having no say over contract language by looking for progress in niche ideas, such as cartoon contracts (see this 2019 post).

I’d like to see contract managers gain more control over contract language.

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.