Rethinking Legal Writing for an Online Readership

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As more courts move to electronic filing and case management systems, it is now more likely that judges and law clerks will be reading briefs not on paper but on computer screens, iPads, or other e-readers.  In the most recent issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, the magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Kate Galston explains how readers read differently when reading on screen and offers some specific techniques for how attorneys can make their briefs more effective and useful to a screen-reading court.

“Many stylistic techniques that make a brief more persuasive to a screen reader are similar to those that have been recommended for decades to lawyers writing to a nonscreen readership,” she says. “The most significant difference may be that lawyers writing to a screen reader need to use extra rigor in making their briefs readable.” Read more of Kate’s detailed advice here.

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