Drafting Clearer Contracts
Agenda
 
8:30   Registration and Continental Breakfast
     
9:00   Introduction

• The state of contract drafting
• The costs and causes of deficient drafting
• The goals for the program
     
9:20   The Front and Back of the Contract

• The title and introductory clause
• The function and layout of recitals
• The traditional recital of consideration
• The concluding clause
• The role of exhibits and schedules
     
10:10   Categories of Contract Language

• The different categories of contract language and their function
• How to distinguish between the categories
• Why does it matter?
     
10:30   Refreshment Break
     
10:45   Categories of Contract Language, cont’d
     
11:15   Layout

• How to present sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses
• Using Adams’s enumeration scheme
• Issues of typography
     
11:35   Using Defined Terms

• The two kinds of definitions
• The role of the definition section
• Using an index of defined terms
     
12:00   Luncheon
     
1:00   Ambiguity

• Different kinds of ambiguities
• How to avoid them
     
1:30   Select Usages

• Problematic words and phrases
• Clearer alternatives
     
2:00   Drafting as Writing

Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting.
     
2:30   Refreshment Break
     
2:45   Bringing It All Together

Redrafting some sample provisions.
     
3:45   Effecting Change

• The individual
• The organization
     
4:00   Workshop Concludes