Ken is generally acknowledged to be the leading authority on the building blocks of contract language. The foundation of his expertise is his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting MSCD, published by the American Bar Association. It has sold tens of thousands of copies and has been described as “extraordinary” (here) and a “classic” (here). The fifth edition came out in 2023. (For more information about MSCD, go here.)
But Ken has always regarded the book as a means to an end. Turning contract drafting into a commodity task requires guidelines for clear and concise contract language. In MSCD, we now have those guidelines. With Adams Contracts, Ken is using his guidelines to offer the contracts community annotated and highly customizable templates.
Once the market has been introduced to Adams Contracts, we expect to add to our one person, so we can build a broad library of templates.
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How You Can Help
Instead of building our future templates on our own, we expect to work with groups of organizations, to speed development and benefit from input by people experienced with those transactions. If you're interested in exploring that kind of arrangement, please contact us.More generally, we welcome your comments and questions. All our templates are works in progress: we know our templates are better than what’s out there, but we know there’s always room for improvement.