Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The ABA has published a "redesigned" second edition of Ken Adams's A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. The book is reportedly now 200 pages longer and covers new topics. It also now includes an appendix with three versions of a contract—the “before” version, an annotated “before” version (showing its flaws), and an “after” version, redrafted in accordance with Adams's recommendations.
The ABA's promotional materials state that "the focus of Adams’s book remains not what provisions to include in a given contract, but how to express those provisions in prose that is free of the problems that often afflict contract language."
Adams is presenting at the annual ABA meeting this week, according to his blog, and will also participate in a "meet the author" session.