Why not? Because there was essentially no upside to contributing briefs, but there was the potential for dramatic downside. If you added a great brief to the database, no one would call to praise you or circulate a memo to others explaining that you produced top-notch work. But the opposite was not necessarily true. Suppose you added a brief that overlooked or misstated a legal proposition. Later lawyers reviewing your work would notice the error and might not be kind. You would actually like the later lawyer to remove the bad brief from the system, but you couldn’t be sure that the repercussions would end there. The later reader might tell others that your work wasn’t any good or might circulate your bad brief to others within the firm, with a cover note pointing out the mistake. Reasonable people did the reasonable calculus: Few lawyers designated briefs for the brief bank.
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