Q.Do you permit partners to help you facilitate your workshops?

DSC_4237I welcome it.

Q.Is there a limit on the size of your workshops?

No, but obviously beyond a certain size the benefits of the interactive aspects of the workshop are reduced.

Q.Can we videoconference the workshop to other offices?

Yes, with the following caveats:

  • I need to preapprove the room set-up.
  • I encourage each remote office to have a partner or other senior lawyer attend to help facilitate interaction.
  • There is an additional fee.
Q.The transactional lawyers at my firm are broken up into numerous practice groups such as M&A, finance, real estate, securities, etc. Shouldn’t associate training be handled by the relevant practice group?

Eventually, yes. However, the basic nuts and bolts of transactional practice are the same regardless of practice area. These are the things that training done at the practice area level often overlooks.

Q.We regularly provide writing training to our associates. Is there really a separate need to give them training on writing contracts?

Contract drafting is a completely different kind of writing than the writing that your associates have been taught to do in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, law school and the writing classes you have provided to them. Because words in a contract create legally enforceable rights and obligations, successfully drafting a contract requires a much higher degree of thought, care, precision and attention to detail than is the case with most other forms of writing.

Q.Don’t transaction-oriented law school classes such as corporations, securities law, commercial law, secured transactions etc. provide law students with the necessary basics for them to be prepared to be a deal lawyer?

No. These classes are invariably taught by having the students read cases, so they are learning from a litigator’s standpoint. Add that to the fact that most of the people teaching these classes are academics, not practitioners, and you have a system that is designed to produce graduates with very little understanding of how these subjects work in the real world.