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NITA Staff Member Wins Prestigious Prentice Marshall Faculty Award

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Boulder, CO: To recognize her outstanding work developing innovative teaching methods for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Wendy Velez has been named the 2011 Hon. Prentice H. Marshall Faculty Award recipient.  Velez, NITA’s Associate Executive Director-Product Operations, is leading the charge in developing new methods to deliver NITA’s learning-by-doing teaching method.

Prior to 2011 the only way for an attorney to be trained at a NITA program was to attend a program in-person.  In April 2011, NITA launched studio71 (named for the organization’s founding year of 1971), thanks to the pioneering work of Velez in capturing skills based lectures and demonstrations in NITA’s recording studio.  Her innovations are helping NITA teachers reach out to participants in new and creative ways, and bringing NITA training to attorneys who may not otherwise have access to it.  NITA’s studio71 currently houses hundreds of recorded products and serves as the portal for live, online training programs.

The Hon. Prentice H. Marshall Faculty Award is for Development of Innovative Teaching Methods. It is named for the late Prentice Marshall, also one of the original teachers at the National Session and a fixture on the NITA faculty, who pioneered the efforts to support pro bono advocacy and teaching at major law firms and by the judiciary. To view a list of past recipients of this prestigious award Click Here.

NITA is the world’s leader in advocacy skills training and publications.  A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA’s mission is to train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in the pursuit of justice.

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