The attorney-client privilege protects the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and their clients for the purposes of requesting or receiving legal advice. While originally developed to protect individuals in their relationships with attorneys, the privilege also applies to institutions. The privilege encourages openness and honesty between College attorneys and employees seeking legal advice concerning institutional legal matters.
Communications must be kept confidential for the attorney-client privilege to apply. Communications with College attorneys should never be discussed with anyone outside the College, including family members or friends; within the College, they should be discussed only with persons who have responsibility or a business need to know.
To protect communications, it is recommended that all written communications (including email) from OCC employees to College attorneys be marked "Privileged and Confidential" by the sender.
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DISCLAIMER: The material presented here is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice.