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Legal Writing: Font Matters, by Jason Steed, Legal Solutions Blog


 I thought by now it was becoming common knowledge that lawyers should avoid using Times New Roman as the font for their legal documents. But I recently had a conversation with an experienced lawyer about font choices in appellate briefs, and this experienced lawyer was trying to tell me that font doesn’t matter. “Just leave it on Times New Roman,” the experienced lawyer said. “That’s what judges are used to; it’s what they expect. There’s no reason to shake it up.” And maybe this is true. Maybe judges, after seeing thousands of court filings, simply get “used to” and “expect” these briefs to look a certain way.

But that doesn’t mean that that’s how judges want things to be. In fact, there’s evidence to the contrary. . . .