- Start with Introductions.
PARTICIPANT 1: My name is (name). I am (age) years old. Today is (date), and I’m speaking with (partner’s name), who is my (relationship). I am recording this interview in (place, city, state; e.g., “my home in Nome, Alaska”).
PARTICIPANT 2: My name is (name). I am (age) years old. Today is (date), and I’m speaking with (partner’s name), who is my (relationship). I am recording this interview in (place, city, state; e.g., “my home in Nome, Alaska”).
- Introduce the reflection or conversation. “Today, we’re talking about the 2021 Law Day theme: Advancing the Rule of Law Now,” or “I see the Law Day theme this year is Advancing the Rule of Law Now, and I want to talk about it,” or even “Rule of law, huh?”
- Ask questions, see where discussion goes, grapple with concepts and experiences. These are examples; feel free to develop and respond to your own questions.
- What do you think about when you hear “rule of law?”
- What does the “rule of law” mean or look like to you?
- If you think about “advancing the rule of law now,” what comes to your mind?
- What is an example of something that could help to “advance” the rule of law now?
- What is a challenge facing the rule of law today?
- Do you have personal experiences related to this?
- How has living through that, or this time, made you feel or shaped you?
- How do you think the law might help to effect change?
- Are there ways that you are working or supporting changes?
- What events of the past year stand out to you related to the Law Day theme? Why?
- What do you think the rule of law means to our country?
- Has that meaning changed over time?
- What do you do to maintain or advance the rule of law?
- Is there someone who you admire as an upholder of the rule of law?
- Do you have a vision for the future relative to the rule of law?
- Wrap up with a final message, or goodbye. Thank everyone for participating.
(Source: StoryCorps Great Questions)