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

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Event Details

Dec 05, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

San Jose, 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

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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, Dec 05

    8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Introduction

    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
    Break
    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
    Layout

    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
    Luncheon
    1:00 PM
    Ambiguity & 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
    Break
    2:45 PM
    Bringing It All Together

    Redrafting sample provisions

    3:45 PM
    Effecting Change

    The individual
    The organization

    4:00 PM
    Seminar Concludes

    Closing Remarks

    Earn CLE Credits: 5.5*

    *Number may vary depending on state guidelines

    Accreditation

    Aloft San Jose Cupertino

    4241 Moorpark Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95129
    408.864.0300

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