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Criminal Justice Scholarship Profiles

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
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Niblack Scholarships

David C. Niblack, the former Clinic Director of the Antioch School of Law and professor of Trial Advocacy at UDC-DCSL, spent his career advocating for the protection of the rights of the poor.  The Niblack scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to a career in criminal and/or public defense.  

Teresa FulfordTeresa Fulford, ‘08, graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-Law in 2003.  Her aspirations to pursue a career in criminal defense began after two profound experiences: (1) after reading a San Francisco Chronicle newspaper article discussing the exoneration of an inmate, who served over twenty years in prison, following a DNA test; and (2) interning at the California Appellate Project in the summer of 2006, where she interviewed death row inmates at San Quentin State Prison.  During these interviews, Teresa could not help but wonder if these death row inmates had been provided a quality defense.  These experiences reaffirmed her desire to pursue criminal defense work, particularly at the trial level.  She has interned with the Public Defender Service for D. C., in the Parole Division, and with Judge Robert Rigsby at the D.C. Superior Court.  Through her legal experiences, Teresa has recognized that there is an undeniable need for quality representation of criminal defendants and she intends to work diligently to fill this void.  In addition, Teresa was recently accepted into the Litigation and Dispute Resolution LL.M. Program at G. W. University.

Jason HartJason Hart, ‘08, graduated from Berea College, the first interracial college in the South, in 2004.  He wrote his senior thesis entitled, "The Effect of the Views of Constitutional Law Professors on Federal Circuit Court Judges: An Exploratory Study.”  After temporarily assisting the Minister of Commerce at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Jason came to UDC-DCSL, where he interned for Kwame R. Brown, Councilmember At-Large and then served as an Advocate Judge at the Time Dollar Youth Court for several semesters.  Jason  also interned for the General Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General and clerked in the Appeals Section of the Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy.  He successfully completed the School of Law’s Housing and Consumer and Community Development Clinics and was Notes Editor for Law Review.  After law school, Jason plans to become a public defender. 

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