OSGOODE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

DRAFTING CLEARER
CONTRACTS
A COMPREHENSIVE AND DISCIPLINED
APPROACH TO DRAFTING AGREEMENTS
This practical one-day course will cover:
• The benefits of clear drafting
• Efficient and less efficient contract usages
• Categories of contract language and how to use them
• Mastering how to lay out the body of the contract
• Using defined terms
• Different kinds of ambiguity and how to avoid them
• Problematic words and phrases ‒ and what to use instead

NEW! An optional second day intensive program
offered exclusively through OsgoodePD, Advanced
“Drafting Clearer Contracts”: An Intensive Program
in the Categories of Contract Language with Ken Adams.
Participate in learn-by-doing exercises to test and enhance
your drafting skills.

REGISTER NOW AT
WWW.OSGOODEPD.CA

Get full annual professionalism hours.
See reverse for details.

“KEN IS AN ENGAGING
AND SPIRITED LECTURER
WHO MADE A FULL DAY
OF DRAFTING BOTH
ENTERTAINING AND
USEFUL. THIS IS LIKELY
ONE OF THE BEST CLE’S
I HAVE EVER ATTENDED.”
M. McGugan
City of Mississauga, Legal Services

“THIS IS THE FIRST CLE
EVENT WHERE I HUNG
ON EVERY WORD OF
THE SPEAKER.”
C. Serianni
Gilead Sciences Canada Inc.

Course Leader

Location

Kenneth A. Adams
Author, A Manual of Style
for Contract Drafting

Osgoode Professional Development
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor
Toronto, ON

Date and Time

Optional Advanced Program

December 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Interactive in-person program

A WORLD LEADER IN LAW SCHOOL LIFELONG LEARNING

Partner. Woronoff.9724 OR 1.888.597. His website and blog are www. and Europe.3394. He gives public and in-house seminars in the U.923. with a comprehensive and disciplined approach to contract drafting.CA.S.DRAFTING CLEARER CONTRACTS A COMPREHENSIVE AND DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO DRAFTING AGREEMENTS Too often. Ken Adams will build on the content of his book to provide a comprehensive and practical foundation for contract drafting. Proskauer Rose LLP In this course. and has become a valued resource to the legal profession. 3rd edition).OSGOODEPD.adamsdrafting. the reliance on contract precedents allows contract drafters to turn out legal agreements without really understanding the possible shortcomings. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.9736 OSGOODE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Course Leader Kenneth A.CA OR FAXING 416. contract managers and contract drafters. The focus is not on what to include in a contract. one of the American Bar Association’s best-sellers. Adams is the leading authority on contract language. Here is what one practitioner has said about Ken’s book: “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is filled with practical advice. Ken Adams has developed a thoughtful and rigorous curriculum that will benefit all.S. EMAILING OSGOODEPD@OSGOODE. Ken practiced corporate law at major law firms in the U. This may be the most valuable day of instruction a drafter will ever have.597. From 2006 to 2012. whether junior or more experienced. acts as a consultant and expert witness.” Michael A.YORKU. REGISTER NOW BY VISITING WWW.. Every lawyer who drafts or interprets contracts should have a copy of this book within reach. Materials for the course will include a copy of Ken Adams’ book. but how to express it clearly and effectively. Ken was a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It certainly fills a need – the vast majority of agreements out there violate the principles Ken Adams states so clearly. where he taught the school’s first course on contract drafting. It’s the only book of its kind. CALLING 416. . This intensive OsgoodePD course was designed to provide lawyers. Canada and internationally. A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is one of the ABA’s best-selling titles and has become an essential resource for contract drafters. A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2013.com. And when they’re called upon to be creative – maybe even draft something from scratch – many drafters are ill-equipped to come up with something that works. His book.

Ontario WHO SHOULD ATTEND • In-house Counsel • Business Lawyers • Corporate Solicitors • Government Counsel • Senior Executives and Managers • Contract Managers and Administrators • Law Clerks • Paralegals © OSGOODE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 3:45-4:00 Effecting Change • The individual • The organization 4:00 Course Concludes What recent participants from the May 2014 session said: “THE BEST POSSIBLE PRESENTER FOR THIS TOPIC. 2014 8:30-9:00 11:35-12:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast Using Defined Terms 9:00-9:20 Introduction • The state of contract drafting • The costs and causes of deficient drafting • The goals for the program • The two kinds of definitions • The role of the definition section • Using an index of defined terms 12:00-1:00 Luncheon 9:20-10:10 1:00-1:30 The Front and Back of the Contract Ambiguity and Vagueness • 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 • Different kinds of ambiguities • How to avoid them 10:10-10:30 Categories of Contract Language • The different categories of contract language and their function • How to distinguish between the categories • Why does it matter? 10:30-10:45 Refreshment Break 10:45-11:20 Categories of Contract Language. Canada “EXCELLENT SESSION. Counsel. 2014 . and enumerated clauses • Using Adams’ enumeration scheme • Issues of typography 1:30-2:15 Select Usages • Problematic words and phrases • Clearer alternatives 2:15-2:30 Drafting as Writing Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting.AGENDA . WOULD RECOMMEND IT!” Hannah Schell Head of Concrete Section Ministry of Transportation. 2:30-2:45 Refreshment Break 2:45-3:45 Bringing It All Together Redrafting some sample provisions. Department of Justice. cont’d 11:20-11:35 Layout • How to present sections. subsections.WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 3.” Barry Mandelker.

Please inquire about financial assistance.osgoodepd.yorku. . Please visit www.35.m. In the event of program cancellation. 9:00 a.888.osgoodepd.0 credit hours. 2014.3394 Unable to attend? Please contact us to order the Materials/Program Archive.5 Substantive. . 3. In this intensive program you will refine your ability to recognize the different kinds of meaning conveyed in contracts and how to use verb structures to convey them clearly. 2014: 9:00 a. Name: Title: Firm/Company: Practice Area: Address: City: Prov: Telephone: Fax: Postal Code: Email:  Add me to your mailing list  Delete me from your mailing list  I do not wish to be contacted by e-mail Priority Service Code (from mailing label below) 1 4 3 9 O L Payment Options  Cheque enclosed (payable to York University — HST# R119306736)  Bill my credit card:  VISA  Mastercard Card# Expiry: Signature: Payment amount: $ Fee Per Delegate Course: $895 plus 13% HST for a total of $1011. Osgoode Professional Development has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada. Advanced Program: $895 plus 13% HST for a total of $1011.597. MAIL your registration form to: Osgoode Professional Development Downtown Toronto Conference Centre 1 Dundas St.m.ca for more information. . 26th Floor Toronto.m. speakers or content with little or no notice. NY CLE Board (on-site participants only): eligible for 6. ON M5G 1Z3 Optional Advanced Program December 4. . ON M5G 1Z3 2.9724 or 1. Visit www. 26th Floor Toronto. lunch and break refreshments.ca for details. A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. Please arrive a half hour early for sign-in and material pick-up. but it may be necessary to change the date.5 credit hours in the Area of Professional Practice for transitional and non-transitional lawyers.ca or refer to the program website.4:00 p. concisely. continental breakfast. 2014 9:00 a. Quebec/BC/Manitoba/New Brunswick/NWT/Nunavut/PEI/Yukon and Saskatchewan: eligible for 5. Dates & Times Location December 3. Group discounts are available. a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.923.m. program materials.5 CPD/MCLE credit hours towards professional development requirements. 4 Convenient Ways to Register 1. CPD Credits LSUC (ON) CPD: 6. Drafting Clearer Contracts Advanced “Drafting Clearer Contracts”: An Intensive Program in the Categories of Contract Language December 4. York University’s and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.35.. W. Explore in-depth what is generally regarded as the foundation of Ken’s approach to contract drafting ‒ the categories of contract language. Program Changes Cancellations and Substitutions We will make every effort to present the program as advertised. Questions? E-mail: cpd@ osgoode.9736 4.597.3:30 p. Osgoode Professional Development Downtown Toronto Conference Centre 1 Dundas St. Additional copies of the third edition of the book will be available for purchase on-site. ONLINE at www. FAX your registration to 416.osgoodepd. and consistently. Fees include attendance. Note: Participants will be asked to bring with them to this course (1) a device with an internet connection or a phone with enabled text messaging and (2) a copy of Ken’s book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.5 Professionalism). W. Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. Dress is business casual. Learn-by-doing training will include handson exercises and analysis of representative commercial contracts. Attendees should either have attended Ken’s Drafting Clearer Contracts course or be familiar with the analysis of categories of contract language contained in Ken’s groundbreaking book. If you are unable to find a substitute.m.m.. NSBS CPD: eligible for 6.0 CPD Hours (2.3:30 p. Register for both the Course and the Advanced Program and take advantage of 10% off your registration fee.ca 3.NEW! Optional Advanced Program REGISTRATION Please complete all registrant information. CALL US at 416. location. Also eligible for CLE/Insurance Premium Credits Program offered by the Law Society of PEI and for Alberta CPD credit with the Law Society of Alberta.