In the federal ECF system, each motion filed, each memorandum of law and each order is publicly viewable. At the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals website, in addition to court opinions, the briefs of the parties are available in electronic format. This permits members of the bar to educate each other about the law, and assist them in crafting intelligent memoranda and briefs in a shorter amount of time.
I happen to know that the Attorney who represented Crawley, accessed my memorandum filed in the Zanders case on ECF, when he was preparing his brief for the COA. This is how all lawyers, but particularly lawyers litigation the cutting edges of the law, educate themselves.
Why aren’t lawyer memoranda and briefs available online in the MJB system?