This past week I attended a continuing legal education course on common mistakes encountered in drafting contracts. It was quite interesting! The speaker focused on the contract for Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods. Despite the fact that this was a very high-level transaction involving scores of attorneys from multiple firms on each side, our speaker was able to spend an entire workday illustrating hundreds of drafting mistakes in that contract.
One of the bigger mistakes discussed at length was improper use of the word “shall.” In the contractual sense,“shall” is a command word. The speaker took us through many clauses from the Amazon contract containing “shall” and asked us to substitute it with “has a duty to." If the sentences made sense with the substitution, then “shall” was used properly. If not, then there should’ve been a different word used in its place. According to our speaker, the Amazon contract used “shall” 375 times, and approximately 260 of those uses were improper!
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Too often, schools adopt an all or nothing philosophy surrounding technology. Either we don't use it at all, or we adopt it and run full steam ahead. I think this is where most schools end up struggling with technology.
This is an extra to my weekly blogs because I could not let this “teachable moment” slide. I have read all of the articles I could find this past weekend after hearing of the passing of my favorite author, Harper Lee.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.