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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Develeopment Series

These programs aim to assist you in planning your career from making long term plans to how to adapt and behave in a professional setting. Receive advice from successful young lawyers and seasoned practitoners that will set the building blocks to a fulfilling career. If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at


Contract Drafting


You have taken one or two semesters (maybe more) on contracts and everything that happens in a contract dispute. How do you draft a contract with the proper complexity and simplicity balance? Join our faculty, P. Watson Seaman, Esq., as explains how to draft a contract for your client.


Faculty: P. Watson Seaman, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond





3:00 - Introduction


6:25 - Forms


9:39 - Style


14:19 - Drafting from Scratch


16:34 - Other Drafting Tips


18:35 - Personal Favorite Tips: that vs. which


19:20 - Personal Favorite Tips: will vs. shall


20:21 - Personal Favorite Tips: and/or


22:20 - Personal Favorite Tips: Draft in the Singular


24:01 – Plain English Drafting


25:38 – References and Further Reading


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