October 1, 2009

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›› New Look, New Features
›› Justice Scalia to Speak at Moritz Nov. 17
›› Law & Leadership Institute Continues to Grow
›› Moritz Needs Volunteer Supreme Court Justices
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›› Reunion Weekend 2009 Photos
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›› 5-Minute Classroom: Tips from the Moritz Law Library
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5-Minute Classroom: Tips from the Moritz Law Library

Typography for Lawyers is a web site created and maintained by Matthew Butterick, a Los Angeles attorney. "Typography" is the "visual component of the written word."

Mr. Butterick, a Harvard educated graphic designer before going to law school, notes that "[e]ven though the legal profession depends heavily on writing, legal typography is often poor. Typography is always important because presentation is always important."

Although some of the legal profession's typography woes can be blamed on rigid court rules governing the form of pleadings, Mr. Butterick claims that much of the problem stems from lawyers themselves. He believes that a lack of information, rather than a lack of will, is the culprit. It is this lack of information that Mr. Butterick hopes to remedy through his website.

Font issues are discussed, including the use of bold and italicized text. "Straight quotes should never, ever appear in your documents" (referring to the straight form of quotation marks, as compared with the curly form). "I recognize that many law offices will wimp out and retain Times as their official font."

The site is divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels, and addresses topics such as office stationery and internal memoranda, as well as court filings.

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