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Course Description

In many organizations, it is not at all uncommon for employees to have access to what are considered confidential attorney-client privileged documents and attorney work product. While hopefully not the norm, such access can lead to these highly sensitive materials falling into the wrong hands and result in the improper disclosure of closely held information. Should this occur, the organization risks losing the valuable protections that apply to attorney-client privileged materials. Worse yet, others can use the materials against the organization or individuals in litigation and other instances.

Because the consequences of improper disclosure are so steep, employees must learn without fail what constitutes the attorney-client privilege, how it applies, and how to prevent improper disclosure and inadvertent waiver of the privilege.

The Cintas, 25-minute training course discusses key aspects of the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product in easy-to-understand terms. Course content encompasses news briefs, quizzes and real-world scenarios that illustrate the full scope of the attorney-client privilege and how to avoid disclosure or waiver. Topics include:

  • Attorney-client privilege — an overview
  • What constitutes the attorney-client privilege?
  • Which documents/materials are considered privileged?
  • Proper handling of privileged documents
  • What are dual-purpose communications?
  • An understanding of oral communications
  • The role of waivers
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Attorney work product — defined

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