Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing For the 21st Century
 

Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing For the 21st Century

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More and more judges are reading briefs on computer screens, rather than paper. While the basic principles of effective brief writing apply regardless of the manner in which the court consumes your ...

More and more judges are reading briefs on computer screens, rather than paper. While the basic principles of effective brief writing apply regardless of the manner in which the court consumes your brief, the electronic medium presents new opportunities to leverage both technology and the principles of document design and web usability to give your brief even more persuasive power.

These slides were put together by legal research and writing expert Lisa Solomon to show how to persuasively present information intended to be read on a screen in pdf format.

- How judges are reading briefs today
- Differences between screen-reading and paper-reading
- The F-pattern for reading web content
- Tips for writing for the 21st-Century legal reader

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  • Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing For the 21st Century
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  • HowUsersReadAcademicorJournalArticlesOnline 7% 15% 48% 10% 20% Print document to read on paper only Read online first, then print to read on paper again Scan online first, then print to read in more detail I do not use online sources for this document type Read online only Source: Shaikh, Paper or Pixels: What are People Reading Online, Usability News, July 2004
  • Heat maps from user eye tracking studies of three websites. The areas where users looked the most are colored red; the yellow areas indicate fewer views, followed by the least-viewed blue areas. Gray areas didn't attract any fixations. Source: Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, April 17, 2006: F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content
  • Before After Source: Dubose, Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain
  • Thecourt’srulingisgrosslyerroneous. Worthingtonhadabsolutelyno involvementwiththetransaction whatsoever. Danton’scontentionsarecompletely lackinginmerit. The court erred by excluding the report because it was a statement by an interested party. Worthington lacks standing because it was not a party to the Price transaction. Source: Dubose, Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain
  • Version 1 A. There was in- sufficient evidence that Jones made a material misstatement B. Reliance by Smith was not proved by sufficient evidence Version 2 A. There was in- sufficient evidence that Jones made a material misstatement B. There was in- sufficient evidence that Smith relied on any misstatement Source: Dubose, Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain
  • Caseload Activity in the Appellate Division-2009 First Dept. Second Dept. Third Dept. Fourth Dept. Total Civil Criminal Civil Criminal Civil Criminal Civil Criminal Records on Appeal Filed 1,587 768 3,147 764 1,482 396 912 641 9,697 Disposed of before argument or submission (e.g. , dismissed, withdrawn, settled) 134 127 5,995 1,299 109 1 0 0 7,665 Disposed of after argument or submission Affirmed 961 687 1,725 708 903 265 442 561 6,255 Reversed 323 29 774 59 192 35 157 41 1,610 Modified 246 39 390 37 140 29 116 62 1,099 Dismissed 177 7 411 6 138 6 146 20 908 Other 88 3 118 141 10 0 5 1 366 Total Dispositions 1,924 892 9,415 2,250 1,492 336 866 688 17,863 First Dept. Second Dept. Third Dept. Fourth Dept. Total Oral Arguments* 1,216 2,321 715 1,027 5,279 Motions Decided* 4,648 10,321 6,195 3,489 24,653 Admissions to the Bar 3,819 2,712 3,360 322 10,213 Atty Disciplinary Proceedings Decided 1,691 176 54 63 1,984 *not broken down by civil or criminal Source: NYS Unified Court System, 2009 Annual Report
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