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What the Stormy Daniels Case can teach us about Contract Drafting

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

Contract drafting expert Ken Adams recently weighed in on the confidentiality agreement in which adult film star Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, says she agreed to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump in exchange for $130,000; it wasn’t pretty: http://www.adamsdrafting.com/the-stormy-daniels-contract-is-a-dumpster-fire/. In a scathing critique, Adams called the agreement a “flamoboyantly dreadful…dumpster fire,” and categorized the drafting…as “semiliterate [and] transcendently careless,” pointing out twenty-five examples of grammatical and formatting errors, and needless legalese.

So, if you need help drafting a contract, don’t worry—the Law Library has you covered! We have several helpful books, including Drafting and Analyzing Contracts by Scott Burnham; Drafting Contracts: How and why Lawyers do what they do by Tina Stark; and A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting by the aforementioned Ken Adams. (FYI, the recently released 4th edition of Adams’ style manual is on order, and should be on the shelf in our Reference Section shortly.)

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