Professor David C. Niblack taught trial advocacy at UDC-DCSL and its predecessor, Antioch Law School, where he also served as Clinic Director. In recent years, Dave was a "Fifth Streeter" - a criminal defense attorney who tries cases appointed by the D.C. courts. Prior to coming to Antioch Law, Dave served as Director of the Wisconsin Public Defender Service.
Dave passed away in 2000. In remembering her close friend and colleague, Dean Shelley Broderick made the following statement to the school of law community:
Professor Niblack was a gifted teacher and storyteller who inspired legions of students during his fifteen years with the School of Law. His Trial Advocacy course consistently received outstanding evaluations from students who often considered a litigation practice for the first time after taking the course. Even the most fearful student took heart after hearing professor Niblack tell of his first trial, in which the judge dolefully asked him if he really thought his cross examination was helping his client in any way! As hundreds of students can attest, Professor Niblack was always available after class, to talk about trial tactics, judicial demeanor, global warming-or any other topic-especially over a cold beer at a spot near the Federal District Courthouse. Professor Niblack’s tutorials never ended with graduation. Many, many alumni spent profitable time trailing after him, watching the master at work in the courtroom. He will be sorely missed.
In honor of this committed public defender, the Dave Niblack Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one third-year student with demonstrated financial need and commitment to a career in criminal or public defense.