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Epstein Issues Sixth Edition of The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine

The updated two-volume set remains the "go-to" resource for litigators

By Joseph P. Beckman

“The scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and its companion, the work-product doctrine, are of continuing interest and importance to lawyers and, in particular, to trial lawyers,” wrote Janet M. Cooper, chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Monograph Committee in the preface to the first edition of The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine in 1983.

The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine, Sixth Edition

The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine, Sixth Edition

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Today, a computer search of these issues in federal court opinions is likely to yield nearly 200 results each month. In short, 34 years later, these doctrines continue to be of interest and importance to trial lawyers.

The work-product doctrine came into being after the U.S. Supreme Court issued Upjohn Co. v. United States in 1981. In response, the Section of Litigation expanded a 100-page binder presentation by the Section’s Trial Practice Committee at the ABA’s 1980 Annual Meeting into book form. An instant classic, the book remains as important and valuable today as it was when first published.

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