The Business Law Section is pleased to announce publication of the fifth edition of Ken Adams’s A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. One of the most popular titles of ABA Publishing, this book is always in the Top Five for best-selling titles among all ABA books.
You can buy print and e-book versions only from the ABA. (ABA members and members of the Business Law Section, remember your discount!)
With each new edition of MSCD, we have wondered, what more can Ken offer? Each time, the answer has been, “a lot of substantive changes”—and this holds true for the fifth edition. In the preface, Ken describes what’s entirely new and what has been revised. Cumulatively, the updates amount to more than seventy pages of additional material.
In the nineteen years since it was first published, MSCD has grown from a small-format paperback of fewer than 300 pages to a bigger-format hardback that weighs in at 667 pages, with no padding.
One result of this evolution is that MSCD is somewhat intimidating. It contains within its covers some mind-bending complexity. And Ken will tell you that even he can’t remember everything it covers—often enough he consults MSCD as if he were an ordinary reader. On the other hand, that complexity is offset by Ken’s clear and no-nonsense prose.
The sheer size of the book is valued by those who work with contracts and need guidance on all issues relating to how to clearly say whatever you want to say in a contract. Readers have come to rely on Ken’s wisdom, his eye for detail, and most important, his clear writing.
For a taste of the breadth of the book and its new material, here is the new section from chapter 13 (“Selected Usages”) on the phrase public domain.