Law Students to Learn Interviewing through 9/11 Documentary Screening

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Date: 09/26/2011

Professor Marilyn Berger of the Seattle University School of Law will screen her documentary “Out of the Ashes: 9/11” for Albany Law School Professor Laurie Shanks’ Client Interviewing and Counseling class, as well as other members of the Albany Law School community, on Monday, Oct. 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom.

Following the screening, Professor Berger, who co-directed the film, will discuss the interviewing skills necessary to elicit compelling, comprehensive narratives from devastated families and the ways in which those skills are transferrable to the practice of law.

Out of the Ashes: 9/11” explores the legal, moral and ethical ramifications of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was enacted 11 days after the terrorist attack as the largest public entitlement program in history. The documentary is comprised of interviews with seven families, raising questions about the legality of the fund and the best ways for the government to respond to abominable tragedy.