Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Last week at the Defense Research Institute's Appellate Advocacy Seminar, I heard Ruth Anne Robbins talk to appellate lawyers about ways to improve their briefs' appearance and readability (based on her research in her well-regarded article, Painting with Print). Ruth Anne inveighs mightily against the voluntary use of the Courier typeface (while acknowledging that some of us are stuck with Courier due to archaic court rules).
One of the conference attendees was Ray Ward, blog-author of the (new) legal writer, and he's suggested a possible good use for Courier in a recent article he wrote for Certworthy. Ray recommends that we use ugly ol' Courier for our drafts because the prettiness of proportional fonts too often prevents our seeing the mistakes that lie there. He has a point: I'm all for anything that will help writers become better proofreaders. This may be worth a try.