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A Practical Guide to Drafting Contracts: From Concept to Closure, Second Edition

Cynthia M. Adams, Peter K. Cramer


  • ISBN: 9781543810622

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    From concept to closure, A Practical Guide to Drafting Contracts provides detailed instruction for drafting contracts. Moreover, it teaches readers how to adapt existing contracts and forms to the specific needs of their client—as is frequently done by lawyers in legal practice. Step-by-step instruction and examples unpack the purpose of each provision for a wide range of contracts and integrate the basic principles that apply to both domestic and international transactions. Practice exercises further develop students’ drafting skills, as well as their working knowledge of the language and syntax of contract law.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 2/1/2020
    Copyright Year: 2020
    Pages: 372
    Print: 9781543810622

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  • Author Information

    Cynthia M. Adams

    Cynthia M. Adams is Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Latin American Law Program at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, where she has taught advanced contract drafting; contract drafting for international law students, legal analysis and communication for both J.D. and international law students; contracts for international law students; civil procedure; trusts and estates; and legal process. Adams is an active member of the Indiana Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. She serves as the Chair-Elect for the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers and serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on International Exchange Programs. Adams founded and manages a listserv devoted to teaching international law students and lawyers. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute (a U.S. organization devoted to teaching excellence in legal writing) and serves as the Chairperson of the Legal Writing Institute’s Committee on Global Legal Writing Skills, which supports and promotes cross-border teaching of law students. Adams was one of the first faculty members to receive Indiana University's Trustee's Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence and is a three-time recipient of the law school’s Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. Adams has made many presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Previously, Adams practiced law with an Indianapolis law firm, focusing on general business, acquisitions and mergers, commercial loans, and trusts and estates. She also served as an adjunct professor of English at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis and as an adjunct professor of English at Butler University.

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    Peter K. Cramer

    Before joining the law school, Cramer served as adjunct professor and associate director of Georgetown University Law School’s Center for Global Legal English. He also was a faculty instructor at Indiana University, Bloomington’s Center for English Language Training.

    Previously, Cramer was an instructor and adjunct professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis School of Law, where he taught Integrated Legal Analysis & Contracts through IU’s program in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, he has taught Intensive Communication in Business at Harvard University’s Institute for English Language Programs. Cramer also has served as an English language instructor in Germany, and has presented widely on international business and legal topics. Currently, he is co-authoring a textbook on drafting contracts for international lawyers with Professor Cynthia Adams from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The textbook will be published by Aspen in 2012.

    Cramer studied law in Germany and received a B.A. in 1989 from Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich. He then pursued his advance degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he received his M.A. in applied linguistics in 1992, Ph.D. in language education in 1997, and LL.M. in 2006. He also studied Japanese philology in 1993 at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

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