ALI CLE in the News

April 4, 2008

Real World Document Drafting®
A New Text from ALI-ABA Focusing on a ‘Dispute-Avoidance Approach’
An Ideal Training Tool that Includes Sample Forms and Examples
PHILADELPHIA – Clear writing is the key to any lawyer’s success. Regardless of specialty or practice setting, attorneys need the skills to draft, modify, explain, critique, and/or review legal documents. Real World Document Drafting® demonstrates how to produce precise legal documents that both foster business relationships and reduce the risk of litigation.
Real World Document Drafting® covers the legal principles and skills related to negotiating and drafting a range of contracts, explores the underlying principles of contract law that apply to specific contract provisions, and considers alternative ways to resolve issues in the course of negotiations.
This new resource teaches lawyers how to draft better transactional documents, commercial leases, and settlement agreements. Through his analysis of numerous sample provisions, author Marvin Garfinkel pinpoints and explains common drafting mistakes and traps, and includes complete sample forms dealing with: Letter of Intent and Term Sheet Provisions, “Yellowstone” provisions, and alternative types of indemnification provisions.
Marvin Garfinkel is a transaction lawyer with over fifty years of broad experience involving real estate, intellectual property, common interest communities, product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and beverage law. 

Mr. Garfinkel has taught at a variety of ALI-ABA courses of study on real estate and commercial leasing. He also has appeared on various ABA, state and local bar association programs, and other real estate and banking industry programs. His extensive writings on real estate, bankruptcy, defaults, and workouts have been published regularly in legal journals and trade publications. He is Counsel with Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP in Philadelphia.
Real World Document Drafting® (2008, 232 pages, softbound, Order Code BK49) is available at a special introductory price of $59 with FREE shipping/handling until May 1, 2008; after May 1, the regular price is $99 with FREE s/h. The Table of Contents is available online at For more information or to order, contact ALI-ABA Customer Service Department, 4025 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3099; call 800-CLE-NEWS (253-6397); or, with a credit card, FAX to 215-243-1664, or visit ALI-ABA’s website at Contact the ALI-ABA Office of Electronic and Print Publications at 800-CLE-NEWS (253-6397), ext. 1604, for review copies.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and founded 60 years ago as a joint undertaking of The American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA provides post-admission education for the legal profession. ALI-ABA is dedicated to keeping the legal community abreast of current developments and providing practitioners with the resources necessary to enhance their practice. Visit the ALI-ABA website at

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