Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 LWI Golden Pen Award

LWIThe Legal Writing Institute announced that the 2012 Golden Pen Award will be given to Matthew Butterick at the 2012 LWI Biennial Conference.

ButterickMatthew Butterick is the designer of the popular website Typography for Lawyers, and of the book by the same name.  Click here to have a look.  Matthew Butterick has become the go-to person for document design information in the legal world. In the three short years since his website first went live, and the twelve months since his book Typography for Lawyers was published, he has made a very large impact on legal practice. Otherwise-temperate critics have showered his work with praise. Harvard's William Rubenstein calls Butterick "a messiah." Bryan Garner describes Butterick's advice as "infallible,"  and the first edition of Typography for Lawyers as not only "bold and fresh and original" but also "fully developed," reading like "a fifth edition."

Mr. Butterick has also designed two typefaces for attorneys: Alix and Equity. Alix is a monospaced typeface, like Courier, but immeasurably superior. Lawyers who are occasionally required to set documents in a monospaced font now have a more readable choice. Mr. Butterick’s newest font, Equity, is a proportional typeface, like Times New Roman, and has similar overall dimensions and architectural features, allowing it to be easily substituted for Times New Roman. Equity is specifically designed not just for use in long documents but for legal documents in particular.

Mr. Butterick will be honored during the 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, May 29 through June 1, 2012, at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort in California.

Hat tip to Ken Chestek.


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