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In a series of lessons, you will gain deep insight on how contracts, both government and commercial, are interpreted by boards and courts. The rules are not always the same for them! We will also spend some time discussing good contract drafting that will avoid interpretation disputes. Filled with both legal theory (for the legally inclined) and practical application for the practitioner, you will develop a deeper appreciation for contract formatting, drafting quality contracts, and avoiding disputes, ambiguities, and misunderstandings.

Tuesdays – 10:00-11:30am ET

May 23, 30, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27

Jun 13 – Punctuate This!

Punctuation conveys important information to the reader. Miss-using or omitting those tiny dots and dashes can turn a contract into something one of the parties might have never intended. Courts and boards are often asked to review the rules of basic English to determine what the parties were thinking. Many basic, but important, conventions are applied to determine intent, even if that is not what you meant! Covered topics include order of precedence, express terms, course of performance, and course of dealing.

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