Taxation

Ca. Tax Lawyer SEPTEMBER 2023, VOLUME 32, ISSUE 1

DUAL-PURPOSE COMMUNICATIONS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS DUELING PURPOSES

AUTHOR

Megan Gregory1

INTRODUCTION

The protections provided by attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine are a cornerstone of American legal practice. On June 1, 2022, the California Lawyers Association submitted an amicus brief, authored by Laura Buckley and Adria Price, members of your Taxation Section Executive Committee, to support a law firm petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to reconcile a circuit split recently widened by the Ninth Circuit’s holding in In re Grand Jury2 regarding when dual-purpose communications are afforded these protections. This article will provide a background of the In re Grand Jury case, why the California Lawyers Association decided to file an amicus brief, and my prospective as a second-year law student in assisting with the brief.

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