Equity: a font for lawyers

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A text family designed by Matthew Butterick, inspired by legal typography and the needs of legal writers. Equity combines classic good looks with modern typesetting conveniences. Available here at the TFL website.

Concourse: a companion for Equity

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The latest from Matthew Butterick—a sans serif family designed to look great with Equity, either for text or display. Available here at the TFL website.

Typography for Lawyers: the book

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Get the book that Bryan A. Garner, editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, calls a “tour de force” that’s “smartly reasoned,” “well written,” and “assuredly infallible.”

The Legal Writing Institute has awarded Matthew Butterick its 2012 Golden Pen Award for excellence in legal writing.

“[Butterick] makes his case for the importance of typography with crisp precision. Any lawyer who reads this book and continues to ignore Butterick’s good advice is foolish … I wish this book had been around when I started practicing … .”
—Ernie Svenson, Ernie the Attorney

“The book is outstanding. I can’t say enough good things about it.”
—Jay O’Keeffe, DeNovo: A Virginia Appellate Blog

“For lawyers and law students, I have two words of advice about this book: buy it.”
—Raymond Ward, The (New) Legal Writer

Some courts that own Typography for Lawyers:
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Canada
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Colorado Supreme Court
Utah Supreme Court

“[A]n excellent read … It is not just for lawyers, but for anyone who cares about how text looks, both in print and on the screen. … an informative and valuable how-to guide for business typography and communication.”
—Yves Peters, The FontFeed

“I’m sorry, but it had to be done. I went ‘Butterick’ on you. His website and great new book are raising the standard for legal typography. … I have the book, and I highly recommend it to learn about what choices make for good typography.”
—Kendall Gray, The Appellate Record

“The book is filled with nuggets, rationales and mechanics to make our papers look better. … [O]ne to keep on hand for reference, kinda like the Blue Book, the Essential Chester Barnard and Strunk & White.”
—Scott Greenfield, Simple Justice

“I’m ordering copies of Typography for Lawyers for the lawyers I collaborate with.”
—Mark Bennett, Defending People

“This book convincingly explains why presentation matters and it teaches you how to master the art. Every law student and lawyer should buy this book, read it, and follow it.”
William Rubenstein, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

“[I]ndispensable to any lawyer who cares about having every advantage in persuading a court … a unique resource that provides clear advice on how to optimize the lawyer’s written product, including concrete suggestions that, once you know them, will become an integral part of the lawyer/writer’s practice of law.”
Kent Richland, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, Los Angeles

“[I]gnore this book, if you wish. Others won’t. They’ll keep it within arm’s reach, next to Black’s, the Bluebook, the Redbook, and Garner. And, in those crucial close cases, they will beat you.”
Derek H. Kiernan-Johnson, Legal Writing Professor, University of Colorado Law School, and author of Telling Through Type: Typography and Narrative in Legal Briefs

“If you are a lawyer who writes anything that ends up as typed text, you need to read this book. … [B]eautiful, an aesthetically pleasing experience … .”
—Sue Liemer, Legal Writing Prof Blog

Typography for Lawyers is the full treatment with practical advice and a good index. This book should be on every legal writer’s bookshelf, right next to your Garner books.”
Rebecca Phalen

“I purchased and read Matthew Butterick’s fantastic book, Typography for Lawyers. … I am changing the way I prepare briefs and pleadings as I work with this book. … It has made a world of difference.”
Scott Key