Contract Drafting Essentials


CLE credits earned: 3 General Credits ( WA 3 Law and Legal)

Good writing does not necessarily equate to good contract drafting; the objectives are different so your strategy should be, too. In this fast-paced two-hour CLE, learn practical contract drafting essentials you will apply throughout your entire practice. From choosing the right format, to drafting payment terms and warranties, to understanding strategies for drafting boilerplate provisions, national speaker Lenné Espenschied shares tips and techniques to help you avoid critical errors, improve the quality of your work and draft with more confidence.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:
•   3 types of contract formats
•   7 essential parts of a contract
•   Red, Yellow and Green: Words to avoid, words to limit, and words to prefer
•   5 things you should know about drafting payment terms
•   5 things you should know about drafting warranties
•   How to create specific legal consequences

Date/Time: September 28, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 5:20 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:20 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:20 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:20 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.

•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
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Original Broadcast Date: June 24, 2021

Lenné Eidson Espenschied_Next Level Contracts_myLawCLE Lenné Eidson Espenschied | Next Level Contracts

Lenne has earned her status as one of the two most popular contract drafting speakers in the country by continually striving for excellence and providing innovative, practical skills-based training for transactional lawyers. She 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, 3rd Ed. 2019) 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 the firm now known as Eversheds Sutherland; 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. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

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I. 3 types of contract formats | 1:00-1:30
II. 7 essential parts of a contract | 1:30-2:00

III. Break | 2:00-2:10

IV. Red, Yellow and Green: Words to avoid, words to limit, and words to prefer | 2:10-2:40
V. 5 things you should know about drafting payment terms | 2:40-3:10

VI. Break | 3:10-3:20

VII. 5 things you should know about drafting warranties | 3:20-3:50
VIII. How to create specific legal consequence | 3:50-4:20