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Drafting Clearer Contracts, Part 7: Automating the Contract Process (Moderated Live Webcast)

Content Partner:  AdamsDrafting sponsored by Business Integrity
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This seventh program in Ken Adams's Drafting Clearer Contracts series discusses automating the contract process.

In this webcast, Ken discusses with a panel of experts how companies and law firms can use information technology to help improve contract language and, more generally, streamline the contract process. Taking part will be:

  • Tim Allen, chief executive officer of Business Integrity, the developer of ContractExpress DealBuilder, the leading document-assembly solution
  • Chris Boyd, senior director of professional services at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm to technology and growth enterprises worldwide and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them

  • Nancy Jessen, a managing director with Huron Consulting Group who works with legal organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues, including managing the contract process

Contract drafting is a vital function at law firms and at companies. In this series of seven one-hour programs, Ken Adams shows you how to draft contracts that express clearly the intent of the parties. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how you say it.  He demonstrates the flaws in many standard usages and recommends alternatives that are more concise and less prone to confusion.

You will also learn from these webcasts the significant benefits that come with efficient contract language and how you can improve contract language by automating your contract process.

The webcasts explore issues addressed in detail in Ken Adams's groundbreaking book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (purchase from Amazon or ABA).  If you work regularly with contracts, you'll find these programs valuable—

  • whether you work at a law firm or a company
  • whether you're a lawyer or contact manager
  • wherever in the world you're located
  • whatever your level of experience


Be sure to catch each webcast in this series:


ContractExpress DealBuilder from Business Integrity is the leading online contract creation and management solution for company law departments and law firms.

As the first step in using ContractExpress, a ContractExpress customer causes a specialist to create a contract template in Word (with optional language and annotations) and develop an accompanying questionnaire. The template is then published to a ContractExpress web server. ContractExpress users at the customer then create contracts by completing a questionnaire, with ContractExpress pulling together and supplementing template language based on answers provided in the questionnaire.

The management component in ContractExpress allows company law departments to delegate safely to business people the task of creating signature-ready PDFs of the company's commercial contracts - if in completing a questionnaire a user provides answers that are outside specified parameters, the draft is routed to the law department or management for approval.

By using ContractExpress DealBuilder, customers can draft contracts much more quickly and with greater centralized control. That allows them to significantly reduce costs and risk, become more competitive, and, in the case of law firms, increase profitability.

Practice Areas: Business Organizations & Contracts, Contracts, Legal Research & Writing
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 07/22/2009 1:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live
Course Type: Public

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Nancy A. Jessen - Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group; Washington, DC
Chris Boyd - Senior Director, Professional Services, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Palo Alto, CA
Ken Adams - Ken Adams is the leading authority on contract language. He gives public and in-house seminars in the U.S., Canada, and internationally, acts as consultant and expert witness, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His website and blog are at www.adamsdrafting.com. Interested in attending in person one of Ken Adams's U.S. seminars? Find out more.
Tim Allen - Chief Executive Officer, Business Integrity; London
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