Civil Litigation

The attorney-client privilege is an important aspect of the relationship between an attorney and his client. This protection allows a client to have an open and honest dialogue with his attorney. It is important for a paralegal to understand this privilege, as well as the work product doctrine, in order to ensure that all privileged communications and documents are protected from the outset of the attorney-client relationship. Discuss the attorney-client privilege in the discussion forum this week. What does this privilege encompass? What documents are protected by the work product doctrine? Do these protections extend to communications with other law firm employees? Why are these protections important?