My essay on opinion typography is in the otherwise-splendid new issue of Judicature

My essay entitled Typography for Judges appears in the new issue of Judicature. Even if you don’t quite share my nerdy enthusiasm for fonts and line spacing, you may still enjoy it because it illustrates good typography using Judge Stephanos Bibas’s opinions.

Readers may notice that this essay is similar to my 2019 blog post about what lawyers can learn about typography from a Bibas opinion. After that post, the good folks at Judicature invited me to adapt it for their judicial audience, and their deft editing improved the original in ways big and small.

Judicature, “the scholarly journal about the judiciary,” is published by the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School. The current issue, summer 2020, is brimming with interesting pieces, including this one on how courts are coping with Covid and this one on bringing back the 12-person civil jury.

And, of particular Third Circuit interest, the current issue also features highlights from the terrific symposium on judicial independence and the rule of law that Judge Marjorie Rendell spearheaded last fall, all linked here.

[UPDATE: also, the last issue featured Judge Theodore McKee’s article, The Creation and Conclusions of the Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness Identifications.]

Did I feel a bit silly about presuming to tell judges how their opinions should look? Indeed I did! But I was flattered to be asked, and, when it came down to it, the opportunity to babble about typography and wave my pom-poms for the Third Circuit proved irresistible.