AABANY Launches Oral History Project with “How to Conduct a Journalistic Interview” Training

AABANY is starting a project that records the stories and memories of its founders and early members. Its goals are to help connect AABANY members across generations, generate research about the history and experience of Asian American lawyers, help younger lawyers and law students develop interviewing skills, and create shareable content. The project aims to post one story per day during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on AABANY’s social media and have recordings for the AABANY Youtube Channel, presented in “Humans of New York” style of storytelling. 

The project kicked off on February 16th with a training on how to conduct a journalistic interview. Led by former journalist and current attorney Stephen Lee, the virtual training gave pointers on how to capture stories that will resonate with people. 

The training opened with examples of digital storytelling through Stephen’s online initiative, Our APA Heritage. Stephen launched Our APA Heritage to help share the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The website provides resources on how to gather and create visual content. Stephen also shows examples through memories collected from his own family members. 

To help AABANY document its history, Stephen shared the following tips to conducting a good journalistic interview: 

  1. Research beforehand to understand the context
  2. Prepare an outline, not a script 
  3. Ask specific questions 
  4. Make your subject comfortable; for example, the interviewer could share something about herself to establish rapport 
  5. Do not talk over pauses or break silences during the interview 
  6. Listen actively
  7. Ask follow-up questions, especially to clarify details 

To view the recorded webinar, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xfycajTu4Y-D747nhp54m2oAxvLOG9_EgF1jJmQVZueIqRLh-RJsnO5q-RUYO5s.ht0Ph6-1MuWoQbje

Thank you to Stephen Lee, the Membership Committee and the Intellectual Property Committee for putting this event together. If you are interested in participating in this project, please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/WeGB3ZRw8aoh6JdP6

Annual Mock Interviews & Hiring & Interviewing Skills Panel For Law Students of Color

Date: Tuesday, July 26th 2:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Weil, 42 West 44th Street Between 5th & 6th Avenues

Come and learn how to present yourself at an interview in the most effective and successful manner. This workshop is designed to help law students of color prepare for the fall recruiting season by identifying key factors legal employers look and listen for during interviews for positions as summer associates, interns and clerks.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in two mock interviews and receive critical feedback from practicing attorneys on their interviewing skills.   

Event Timeline: 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm 

Student Check-In 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm 

Hiring and Interviewing Skills Panel 4:30 pm – 5:10 pm 

Student Interview  #1 5:15 pm – 5:55 pm 

Student Interview  #2 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Cocktail Reception 

Students please review the FAQ document link

PALS Mock Interview FAQ’s

1. Students must arrive promptly at 2:45 pm in business attire.
2. Students are required to RSVP, and interview matches are assigned in  advance on a rolling basis.
3. Students must attend the entire hiring/interviewing skills panel to participate in the interviews.
4. Each student should bring several copies of his/her resume and transcript to the workshop.

Register today and invite your fellow colleagues/classmates.
Event registration will end on Wednesday, July 20th.