Seminar  Seminar

Writing for Transactional Lawyers 2013

Why you should attend

What’s wrong with using words like “herein” and “provided that”? What are the elements of a well-drafted contract? By attending this program, you will learn principles of effective writing and drafting that will enhance your transactional practice.

What you will learn

You will learn effective transactional drafting and communication based on:
  • Knowledge of key principles of contract interpretation
  • Attention to the evolving body of commercial case law
  • Focus on client objectives and expectations
  • Application of crisp and clear drafting techniques, including use of “Plain English”

Who should attend

This program will benefit all transactional attorneys who need to improve their writing and drafting skills or need a refresher on key drafting principles.

August 8, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2:00 Foundational Principles

  • Back to law school: A review of the basic principles of contract interpretation 
  • Discussion of winning transactional writing: What subject matter is typically in dispute, how to write to win, use of examples 
  • Litigators are your friends: Working with your colleagues at the drafting stages to identify potential litigation issues and draft to achieve better outcomes
  • Reviewof specific contract provisions

David P. Connolly, Christina Edling Melendi, L. Kevin Sheridan, Jr., Jeffrey A. Simes

3:30 Break

3:45 The Elements of Style

  • Applying the common elements of all good writing to your drafting: Identify the audience and objective; structure and organization; clarity; consistency; “plain English” best practices
  • Addressing the unique challenges that face transactional lawyers: Making words and numbers work; capturing all foreseeable future events; addressing unforeseeable future events
  • Writing in the age of the tweet: preserving privilege; check your cc’s and bcc’s; the pros and cons of drafting via email committee; the power of editing and proofreading
  • Review of specific contract provisions

David P. Connolly, Christina Edling Melendi, L. Kevin Sheridan, Jr., Jeffrey A. Simes

L. Kevin Sheridan, Jr. ~ Bingham McCutchen LLP
David P. Connolly ~ Shearman & Sterling LLP
Christina Edling Melendi ~ Bingham McCutchen LLP
Jeffrey A. Simes ~ Goodwin Procter LLP
Program Attorney(s)
Janet L. Siegel ~ Practising Law Institute
New York City Seminar Location

PLI New York Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street (21st floor), New York, New York 10019. Message Center, program days only: (212) 824-5733.

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Item# 42828
Location:  New York, NY
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