“Privilege law is arguably the most important doctrinal area in the law of evidence.” Edward J. Imwinkelried, Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege in Business Negotiations: Would the Application of the Subject-Matter Waiver Doctrine Really Drive Attorneys from the Bargaining Table, 51 Duq. L. Rev. 167, 168 (2013). Several legal blogs address evidence-related issues, but none discusses evidentiary privileges in detail. Presnell on Privileges seeks to fill this void.
While the attorney-client privilege is the oldest evidentiary privilege and the privilege that gains the most attention of practicing lawyers, judges, and commentators, this blog will address and discuss developments related to all evidentiary privileges, ranging from the accountant-client privilege to the political-vote privilege. The blog will discuss other issues tangentially related to evidentiary privileges, such as recognition of new privileges, historical development of privileges, waiver, and conflict-of-laws rules. The author seeks an interactive blog, and invites comments and discussion on any issue relating to evidentiary privileges.
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