Institutional knowledge is a collective set of experiences and know-how held by a group of people within a business, government body, or other group and enables it to operate better and more efficiently. As people leave this group, it is critical that their experience and knowledge is passed to those that follow or the excellence and efficiency of operations can be lost. In the past months, the Alabama Supreme Court Clerk’s Office has suffered a loss of more than 120 years of institutional knowledge. While the most obvious loss is due to the retirement of Robert Esdale after 30 years as Clerk of the Alabama Supreme Court. While every lawyer in Alabama should recognize the significance of the loss of such an iconic figure…