Training Guide

Privilege in Litigation


Training Guide

Privilege in Litigation

Civil Litigation Basics
Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Attorney-client privilege
  • Attorney work product
  • Clawbacks of inadvertently produced documents
  • Tips for handling privileged information
  • Process for identifying documents to include on a privilege log
  • Preparing a privilege log and drafting the entries
  • Reviewing the other side’s privilege log

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

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    Privilege in Litigation

    Protecting privileged information is critical in litigation. This course explains privilege and work product, what to do if protected information is sent to the other side, clawbacks, privilege waivers, and joint defense groups.

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    Priv Logs

    An introduction to privilege logs, including what priv logs are, how to identify the documents that need to be logged, preparing the privilege logs, and reviewing the other side’s logs.

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    Priv Logs


During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What’s the difference between attorney-client privilege and attorney work product?
  • How do you know if a document is privileged?
  • What’s waiver, and how might it happen?
  • What’s a joint defense group?
  • Describe a privilege log?
  • What information is included in a privilege log?
  • When drafting document descriptions on a privilege log, what is the balance you’re trying to strike?
  • What are some things to look out for when reviewing the other side’s privilege log?
Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise above. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot's Civil Litigation Basics topic.

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