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Clear contract drafting is a skill that must be learned. The ability to draft procurement-related documents (contracts, policy, procedures, etc.) clearly is essential to lowering risks and increasing compliance. Whether you are an attorney, a contract officer, a purchasing officer, or a business officer, this class will introduce you to the skills needed to draft clear documents, policies, and procedures.

The December 7, 2015 the Contract Management Institute featured a seminar by Ken Adams, the recognized expert on contract drafting. 

Listen to Ken Adams and Blake Reagan share a preview about the 2015 Institute:

Drafting Clearer Contracts

Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of issues relating to contract language and layout and is based on his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. (For information about the book, go here.)

The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say. It’s suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Ken has to say comes as news to even senior lawyers. It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short redrafting exercises.

According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” He occupies a unique position in the field of contract drafting, in that he’s the only commentator to focus on the language of contracts—not what you express in a given contract provision, but how to express it in modern and effective contract language.

His book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (ABA 3d ed. 2013) is widely used throughout the legal profession. He gives seminars in the U.S., Canada, and internationally, and he acts as a consultant and expert witness.

As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. The Legal Writing Institute awarded Ken the Golden Pen Award for 2014, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.” The Golden Pen Award honors those who make significant contributions to advance the cause of better legal writing. And the ABA Journal has included Ken’s blog (here) in its 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs.

Ken is also at the forefront of contract automation. He’s chief content advisor for ContractExpress, the leading software for automated contract creation.

From 2006 to 2012, Ken was a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught the school’s first course on contract drafting. He’s now an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989, Ken practiced corporate law in New York and Geneva, Switzerland, with major U.S. law firms.

For more information on Ken and his activities, go to

What members had to say:

Blake Reagan, J.D., Director of Procurement Services at The University of Tennessee, states that this class is by far the best contract training class he has ever had. In fact, he’s taken this class twice. Blake took this class most recently in April 2015, and is currently revising templates and procedure manuals to be consistent with A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Contract officers
  • Purchasing officers
  • Business officers
  • Any one who needs to know more about contract drafting

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