Extra attention to legibility is time well spent

Lit­i­ga­tors, I appre­ci­ate that motions are often writ­ten under dead­line pres­sure that make good typog­ra­phy seem like an unaf­ford­able lux­ury.

But when is it more impor­tant to have your reader’s full atten­tion? You’re ask­ing a judge to order a rem­edy—or, if you’re oppos­ing, to refrain from order­ing that rem­edy. The issue is impor­tant enough to have reached the judge’s desk. The rul­ing may not be appeal­able. Shouldn’t you put your best foot for­ward?

Yes, but where do I find the time?” You take care of the typog­ra­phy before you write your motion—by set­ting up a motion tem­plate with para­graph and char­ac­ter styles that han­dle most of the typog­ra­phy chores as you write. When you get to the end, there’s not much left to do.

Or you can sub­mit motions that look like they just rolled out of bed.