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Nuts & Bolts of Contract Drafting NYC | Live & Webcast

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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NYSBA Member: $150

Nuts & Bolts of Contract Drafting

Program Description

The reduction to writing of an agreed-upon understanding among parties can sometimes be viewed as a cursory step in formalizing a business relationship. Yet the manner in which concepts are expressed on a page is often as important as the concepts themselves. Solid contract-drafting skills are essential tools to any professional who deals with transactions or business relationships. This program will highlight critical—but often unconsidered—principles to assist both attorneys and business professionals with drafting, analyzing, and interpreting contracts. The program will focus on the manner in which concepts are expressed in a contract, as well as certain substantive concepts related to the parties’ respective rights and obligations under a contract. 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys in the general practice of law and business law practitioners.  

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Business Law Section.

Live CLE Program & Webcast

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | CFA Society New York, 1540 Broadway, Suite 1010, New York, NY 10036 | Live & Webcast

4.0 MCLE Credits: 3.5 Skills; 0.5 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $150 | Non-Member: $250
Section Member: $115


Agenda Topics

  • Contract Drafting Overview
  • Contract Structure
  • Specific Contract Provisions
  • Ethical Considerations

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.                      
Introductory Remarks

  • Types of business contracts

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                   
Contract Drafting Overview

  • Purpose of a contract
  • Communicating with & understanding the client
  • Writing clearly – archaic vs. plain language
  • Length – What’s extraneous?  What’s necessary?
    [1.0 MCLE Credit – professional practice]

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.                 
Contract Structure

  • Definitions
  • Section order
  • Section numbering
  • Appearance
    [1.0 MCLE Credit – professional practice]

10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                 

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.                 
Specific Contract Provisions

  • Term, termination & renewal
  • Representations & warranties
  • Indemnity
  • Dispute resolution
  • Other boilerplate
    [1.0 MCLE Credit – professional practice]

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                 

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.                

  • Addenda and amendments
  • Complex agreements
    [0.5 MCLE Credits – professional practice]

12:25 P.m. – 12:50 p.m.                
Ethical Considerations

  • Engagement letters
  • Representing multiple parties to a contract
  • Communicating with another party directly
     [0.5 MCLE Credits – ethics]

12:50 p.m.                                          


Program Planning Chairs & Faculty
Sarah Gold, Esq., The Gold Law Firm, Albany
Richard L. Rosen, Esq., The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, New York, NY
Thomas M. Pitegoff, Esq., LeClairRyan, New York, NY
Carol S. Desmond, Esq., Citibank, New York, NY

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.




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 If you have any questions about this program, please contact staff attorney Sally Bratten. 



Additional Information:
CFA Society New York
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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