Drafting Clearer Contracts – San Francisco, CA ESSENTIALS OF CLEAR, CONCISE & MODERN DRAFTING


Event Details

Nov 29, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

San Francisco, CA

$895 USD

This seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion as taught by internationally renowned subject matter expert Ken Adams, author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, now in an updated fourth edition. This seminar’s focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely what you mean. Legal industry professionals at all levels of seniority will hear valuable insights from Ken’s lucid and succinct instruction. 

Register today and gain practical guidance from real-world examples drawn from actual contracts in this interactive, hands-on workshop. Ken demonstrates the flaws in standard usages and recommends clearer, more concise alternatives. Rather than simply lecturing, he encourages participation through questions, discussion, and drafting exercises.

Earn up to 5.5 CLE Credits*

*Number may vary in accordance with state guidelines

Special Offers

Group discounts available, call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • To improve your and your team’s contract drafting skills through interactive learning
  • To save you and your company time in drafting and negotiating
  • To reduce the risk of potential disputes & lawsuits
  • To learn ways of expressing contract terms free of redundancies, ambiguities and other problems that plague traditional contract language

    Who Should Attend

  • Law firm attorneys
  • Corporate counsel
  • Paralegals/Managers in law firms and corporations
  • Contract managers
  • Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts
  • Event Co-Chair

    Ken Adams

    Founder and President of Adams Contracts Consulting LLC

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Nov 29

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    • The state of contract drafting
    • Costs and causes of deficient drafting
    • Program goals
    9:20 AM
    The Front and Back of the Contract
    • Title and introductory clause
    • Function and layout of recitals
    • Traditional recital of consideration
    • Concluding clause
    • Role of exhibits and schedules
    10:10 AM
    Categories of Contract Language
    • Different categories of contract language and their function
    • How to distinguish between categories
    • Why does it matter?
    10:30 AM
    10:45 AM
    Categories of Contract Language (cont.)
    • Different categories of contract language and their function
    • How to distinguish between categories
    • Why does it matter?
    11:25 AM
    • How to present sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses
    • Using Adams’ enumeration scheme
    • Issues of typography
    11:35 AM
    Using Defined Terms
    • Two kinds of definitions
    • Role of the definition section
    • Using an index of defined terms
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Ambiguity and Vagueness
    • Different kinds of ambiguity
    • How to avoid them
    1:30 PM
    Selected Usages
    • Problematic words and phrases
    • Clearer alternatives
    2:15 PM
    Drafting as Writing
    • Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting
    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    Bringing It All Together
    • Redrafting sample provisions
    3:45 PM
    Effecting Change
    • The individual
    • The organization
    4:00 PM

    Closing Remarks

    Earn CLE Credits: 5.5*

    *Number may vary depending on state guidelines


    Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

    550 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102


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