Thursday, October 11, 2012

Briefing Fonts

The Appellate Record Blog has a great piece on the best fonts for briefs. Unfortunately for those of us who use Times New Roman, it appears that the font has fallen out of favor with at least one appellate court.  From the court:

Typographic decisions should be made for a purpose. The Times of London chose the typeface Times New Roman to serve an audience looking for a quick read. Lawyers don’t want their audience to read fast and throw the document away; they want to maximize retention. Achieving that goal re- quires a different approach--different typefaces, different column widths, dif- ferent writing conventions. Briefs are like books rather than newspapers. The most important piece of advice we can offer is this: read some good books and try to make your briefs more like them. 

The Appellate Record goes on to suggest a few good book fonts, including Century Schoolbook and Book Antuiqua. 


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