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Original Program: February 14, 2020

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Who taught you to draft a contract, to create defined terms, how to establish specific legal consequences, which words to prefer, and which words to avoid?

The truth is that, when it comes to drafting contracts, most of us are "winging it," so, predictably, most contracts are plagued with mistakes.

The good news is that we always learn more from mistakes, and we can learn plenty by examining drafting mistakes other experienced lawyers have made!

Using drafting mistakes from a recent high-profile merger agreement, we'll analyze and critique 23 typical stylistic and substantive drafting errors experienced lawyers usually make in contracts for all kinds of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, contracts for the sale of goods and services, licenses, real estate contracts, settlement agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and partnership agreements.

Whatever your current level of experience in drafting contracts, you'll learn highly practical techniques to enhance your drafting skills, avoid critical errors, and improve the quality of your work.

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Lenné Eidson Espenschied practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation of technology-based businesses.

She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association: Contract Drafting: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 2nd Ed. 2015) and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals, 2011).

After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law magna cum laude, Ms. Espenschied began her legal practice at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; she also served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own law office. As a law professor, Ms. Espenschied taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting.

She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and provides private training at law firms and corporate legal departments. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

  • 23 Mistakes
  • 7 Components of Basic Indemnification Provisions
  • Merger Concepts; Ethics for Transactional Lawyers
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Date Presented:
February 14, 2020 8:55 AM Eastern
7 hours, 35 minutes
23 Mistakes Experienced Drafters Usually Make
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Speaker Information
Lenné Eidson Espenschied   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 6.00
General: 4.50
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 1.50
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