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Conserving the canvas: reducing the environmental footprint of legal briefs by re-imagining court rules and document design strategies

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Conserving the canvas: reducing the environmental footprint of legal briefs by re-imagining court rules and document design strategies
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Robbins
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Ruth Anne
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School of Law-Camden, Rutgers University
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2010
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This article advances an important argument as to why we should be redesigning our lawyering documents. Not only is readability an important issue but so is the environmental footprint of our document design choices. So here is the bottom line advice that I offer today - judges and attorneys can easily cut down on the environmental impact that our documents have by making three easy and simultaneous changes to court rules and practices: 1. allow and encourage or even require double-sided printing; 2. move to 1.5 line spacing rather than double spacing; and 3. adopt court rules that limit documents by word counts while simultaneously eliminating font and font-size requirements.

These recommendations do not involve going paperless. Eliminating all paper filing is certainly the best thing that we could do for the environment but is probably not completely realistic at this point in time. Moreover, even in those jurisdictions where attorneys submit documents by electronic filing, hard copies are nevertheless being printed by those people who have to read them. Computer screen reading is just not feasible yet for long documents so it does not behoove us to ask people to completely buy into paperless everything. Until we can all afford and are ready to use personal document readers, we will realistically still have a world where we prefer to read longer documents in hard copy. For that reason, this article will make its conservation recommendations based on the somewhat more temperate concept of sustainability.
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English
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1 online resource (11 pages)
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Legal documents
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Legal writing
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Document design
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Typography
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Sustainability
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Environmental impact
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Legal practice
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Lawyers
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Courts
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Legal rhetoric
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Persuasion
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2010
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Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors
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193-202
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7
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https://www.alwd.org/lcr-archives/fall-2010-volume-7/137-conserving-the-canvas
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School of Law-Camden
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Robbins, Ruth Anne
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doi:10.7282/T39Z9753
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Peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
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