Contract Law bootcamp

Contract Law Bootcamp - Beyond the Basics, Bells and Whistles & Dispute Resolution
25 Jun 2019
- 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM EST
270 Minutes

This Contract Law Bootcamp - 3 in1 Class Series will cover - 1. Beyond the Basics, 2. The Bells and Whistles of a Comprehensive Contract & 3. Contract: Dispute Resolution, Renegotiation, and Contract Interpretation.

Contract Law Bootcamp - Beyond the Basics, Bells and Whistles & Dispute Resolution

James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years practicing, writing about, and teaching law. He has been a faculty member at several institutions and a communication director at an R1 university, and is currently a key administrator at Rider University.

Contract Law Bootcamp - 3 in1 Class Series - Part 1, 2 & 3 

Part 1 : Beyond the Basics of Contract Law: Exploring the More Complex Details: June 25, 2019 : 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM : 90 Minutes

Part 2 : The Bells and Whistles of a Comprehensive Contract : June 26, 2019 : 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM : 90 Minutes

Part 3 : Contract: Dispute Resolution, Renegotiation, and Contract Interpretation :  June 27 2018 : 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM : 90 Minutes


Overview: Part 1 - Beyond the Basics of Contract Law - 

When it comes to contracts, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all.” While there are many common terms and themes that appear in contracts --- offer, acceptance, consideration, and the inevitable boilerplate--- each agreement has its own distinctive characteristics.  These will be specific to the client and the particulars of the deal.  Nuanced contract drafting ensures they are accurately captured in the agreement. This in turn demands a firm grasp of the trickier aspects of the draftsman’s art. Depending on how the contract is drafted, you can demonstrate exceptional value-added as counsel or set your client up for bad times down the road.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq. ---an attorney with 40 years of experience --- as he discusses some of the more complex issues drafters face when crafting a contract, helping you avoid potential ambiguities that could derail your deal or lead to costly dispute resolution.

What this webinar will cover:

  • Climbing the slippery slope of conditional language: conditions precedent and conditions subsequent
  • Requirement contracts: avoiding illusory agreements
  • Objective v. subjective standards of adequate performance
  • Periodic “progress” payments
  • Licenses: exclusive v. non-exclusive; global v. geographic; perpetual v. time-limited


 Overview: Part 2 - The Bells and Whistles of a Comprehensive Contract - 

A typical boilerplate provision in most contracts is called an integration clause. The parole evidence rule, recognized in the common law of every American state and many other nations, operates to exclude oral testimony, especially when an integration clause is included. Such a proviso will also usually operate to exclude other documents from consideration in a subsequent contract dispute. However, commonly the contracting parties tend to attach exhibits to their agreements, rather than spelling out every excruciating detail in the main document. The attachment may be an original legal document, such as a predecessor contract; a table or other data set or formula too complex to clutter up the contract document itself; a published brochure or engineering/scientific study; or other supplementary materials. Sometimes cross referencing a pre-existing or parallel contract is crucial to a complete understanding, as with an employee handbook, summary plan description, master or umbrella agreement, or predecessor MOU. Despite the efficiency of attaching a supplement to your contract, there can be important risks to consider in ensuring that the supplemental material has the intended effect.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq. as he discusses the various types of supplemental documents that add clarity to your contract, when and how to incorporate them to support your agreement, and what happens in situations that call for a supplemental document relevant to the deal that is not included.

What this webinar will cover:

  • When attachments are useful and/or preferable
  • How to correctly reference and incorporate attachments and exhibits
  • Consequences of failure to attach, incorporate or otherwise reference related policies, procedures, and representations
  • When predecessor or contemporary contracts must/should be cross-referenced
  • Implied incorporation: federal, state and local laws and regulations; third party beneficiaries; common law considerations


 Overview - Part 3 - Contract: Dispute Resolution, Renegotiation, and Contract Interpretation :  

Despite our best efforts as counsel and our clients’ best intentions, contracts sometimes result in disputes rather than commercial success stories. From interpretation of the terms of the deal to disagreements over whether one party adequately performed, the parties will need to find a way to resolve their dispute. What is the best way to do so? Do we go to court? Mediate and/or arbitrate? Renegotiate? Under any one or more of these options, looking to the contract and interpreting its terms will play a crucial role.

Contract law includes the rules set and administered by the state that determine when an agreement is enforceable, the grounds on which a breach of the agreement will be found and the consequences. Contract enforcement is one of the pillars of the rule of law.

Contract disputes are the most common disputes in business or commercial dealings. When any dispute occurs in between the parties, you may find the difference in interpretation of the contract. Contractual disputes can arise in between suppliers and retailers, contractors and subcontractors, in between partners, in between parties to a land contract or in a joint venture agreement.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq. as he discusses the various methods of resolving contract-related disputes, the benefits and drawbacks of different strategies, and what role contract interpretation plays in the decision-making process.

What this webinar will cover:

  • The basics of alternative dispute resolution: mediation and arbitration
  • The pros and cons of going to court
  • When renegotiation holds out hope and how to approach it
  • Contract interpretation: whose feet get held to the fire in the face of ambiguity?

What You Get

• Training Materials
• Live Q&A Session with the Speaker
• Participation Certificate
• Earn 100 Loyalty points with every booking. You can redeem one live webinar with 300 loyalty points.

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