There’s a guy—a lawyer actually—who just invented a typeface called Equity. He says all lawyers should use it. Our advice? Ignore him. There are plenty of good and free typeface choices available on the web other than Times New Roman or Aderall, many of which can instantly give you legal street cred and style.
For example, compared to Times New Roman, the following are great typeface choices that scream contemporary lawyer. Used properly, these typefaces can quickly underscore any obscure point you are trying so desperately to make in all that textual writing stuff that you do. Pay attention. You’ll definitely be seeing these fonts soon in the future.
Obviously a great typeface choice for arson prosecutions, natural gas explosion matters, and opposing counsel suffering from hemorrhoids. Not so good for admiralty matters or for cryogenic cold storage failures.
Keep on Truckin’
Terrific typeface for exuding groovy confidence, as in “what, me worry?” Use it for briefs in cases in which you are appearing before a judge who was a Nixon or Carter appointee. They’ll get it. And they may actually ask call you aside to talk about the Charlie Daniels Band or ask if you plan to call a “Smokey” to the stand. Awesome, but avoid with any Bush appointees. Ain’t gonna work.
Great for a pre-lunch hearing in which you have a crappy case and just want to get through the hearing without a lot of questions. It will remind the judge and participants about lunch, which is only a few short hours away. But it also works well in product liability cases involving cheaply made products, whatever their origin.
If you’ve never been able to figure out electronic case filing, use Old Typewriter as a font to help deflect the criticism of the court and counsel. One look at this and everyone just feels sorry for you, thinking you are back behind your desk while your secretary types out memos on an old Underwood No. 5. Which, interestingly, is probably true.
You get the picture. With a wealth of free fonts and typefaces out there—and the ease with which you can change font colors—you can easily create reader experiences that no other lawyers will dare copy. Which is perfect. You get the attention you finally deserve for all that wordy stuff you do.