Thursday, December 23, 2010

more on reading briefs on-line

A law review article by legal writing professor Maria Crist (University of Dayton) is cited in a story in the December ABA Journal Tech Report.  

Very telling is the comment afterwards by a courthouse staff attorney, who reports that multi-line headings in all caps are hard to read. That attorney blips right over such headings and catches up with the argument where the regular text starts again. I always tell my students that the text of a document must make sense when read without the headings; the headings don't replace text. Often you need to say essentially the same thing in the first sentence after the heading as you say in the heading. And keep those headings short. A short one or two line heading may end up being read, even if it is in all caps.

hat tip: Gail Stephenson


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