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A Historic First for NITA: Live Webcast

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Late in the morning on Tuesday September 18th NITA held its first ever live webcast.  Recorded right here at NITA’s studio71, this first installment in a four part webcast series was a big success.  Since the launch of studio71 in April of 2011 there have been a number of lectures and demonstrations available for viewing on demand, as well as full, three day deposition programs taking place online.  This was, however, the first time NITA has broadcast its content live as a webcast.

Participants logged in from across the country and saw Christina Habas (recent recipient of the Barrister’s Best Award for Colorado’s Best State Trial Court Judge) moderate the first part in her series The Story of Your Case, From Start to Finish. “As a judge I was essentially a professional audience for ten years and if you don’t tell an effective story to the judge or the jury they won’t remember what you’re talking about and they won’t understand what you’re talking about,” Habas said.

Dierdre Ostrowski (Keating Wagner Polidori Free) and Melody Mirbaba (Senior Assistant Attorney General), both NITA alum, conducted demonstrations on case analysis and fact investigation to help viewers develop the story of their cases.  Witnesses were also brought in for these demonstrations, giving the webcast a feeling closer to that of a NITA program rather than an online lecture.

To add to the interactivity of the webcast, those watching were able to submit questions in real time which were addressed during the live broadcast.  Shortly after  the hour-long broadcast, registered viewers were able to access the recorded content online.  This gives them access to review what they learned as they prepare for the second part of the series.

The series continues on Tuesday October 16th when the teaching team will go over the idea of using the story as a settlement or negotiating tool.  For complete information on the rest of the series click here.

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