Teaching initial interviewing in the legal context is challenging, particularly when students may be working in partnership, with survivors of trauma, and possibly using an interpreter. With the support of a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant from Tulane University, Professors Laila L. Hlass of Tulane University Law School, and Lindsay M. Harris of University of San Francisco School of Law, developed two short films and a teaching guide regarding legal interviewing and language access for use in the experiential classroom.
You may access the videos through youtube, and if you would like the teaching guides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and HarrisLM@usfca.edu stating your affiliation and planned purpose for the videos. We’ve also created a short video explaining how you might use these two films.
In this video, two law students Lisa and Max interview a teenage asylum-seeker in removal proceedings, Victor, raising a number of issues relating to initial client interviewing, including:
In this film, two law students Lisa and Max working with interpreters to interview a monolingual Spanish-speaking client seeking a U visa as a victim of a crime in the United States. This video raises questions regarding: