Friday, November 19, 2010
Matthew Butterick has written a new book, Typography for Lawyers. If you are a lawyer who writes anything that ends up as typed text, you need to read this book. If you are a legal writing professor who teaches law students or paralegal students, you need to read this book. You will learn a lot--unless, like Butterick, you happen to have previously studied typography and worked as a professional typographer before going to law school.
The book is also beautiful, an aesthetically pleasing experience as you read. How many law practice related books can you say that about? Butterick practices what he preaches, so beyond the numerous helpful examples, studying the presentation of the book itself provides further instruction.
And even if you don't care a whit about typography (although the book explains why you should), the discussion on pages 22 to 24 about readers' attention is worth sharing with every legal writing student and junior attorney.
UPDATE: For writing this book, Matthew Butterick received the Golden Pen Award in 2012 from the Legal Writing Institute.