The attorney-client privilege preserves the confidentiality of communications between attorneys and their clients. The purpose of this privilege is to:
Although originally developed to protect individuals in their relationships with attorneys, the privilege has applied for many years to corporations and institutions, such as the University. Communications are protected by the privilege if the communications are: 1) confidential; 2) made between an attorney and the University, i.e. agents of the University or agents necessary to render legal advice; and 3) made for the purpose of seeking, obtaining, or providing legal advice.
Confidentiality is the key to maintaining the privilege. If the substance of the attorney-client communication is disclosed to others, the privilege may be waived. Here are some tips to help maintain the privilege: