Brian J. Blackford
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Immigration Law
Last updated: 12/21/2017
Brian J. Blackford
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Professional Information
Blackford Law LLC
Owner/Managing Member
11711 Arbor St #220
68144  United States
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(402) 933-4090 (Phone)
(402) 218-1645 (Fax)
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Law Firm
  Criminal Law, Domestic & Family Law, Guardianships/Conservatorships, Immigration Law, Probate
Personal Information
Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2008
-Certificates of Concentration in International and Comparative Law, Litigation, and Criminal Law and Procedure
-CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Trial Practice
-Conflict resolution training program with the State of Nebraska's Office of Dispute Resolution

Creighton University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2005
-Intern, United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Social/Volunteer Organizations
American Immigration Lawyers Association
-Chair of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter, 2016 to present
-Vice-Chair of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter, 2015 to 2016
-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison for the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter, 2014 to present
-National Pro Bono Service Committee, 2015 to 2016
-National ICE Liaison Committee (multiple meetings with the Principal Legal Advisor for ICE and Liaison
Committee members in Washington, D.C. to discuss policy), 2013 - 2014
-National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Action Committee, 2012 - 2014
-United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Liaison for the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter, 2010 - 2014

Nebraska State Bar Association
-House of Delegates, District 4 (Douglas County)
-Immigration Law Section Executive Committee

Refugee Empowerment Center
-President, Board of Directors
More Information

-Presenter, 2015 Iowa-Nebraska AILA Chapter CLE, "PD/Johnson Memo," University of Iowa College of Law
-Presenter, 2015 Nebraska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, "Civil Rights and
Nebraska Legislative Bill 403 (2009)," Omaha, Nebraska
-Presenter, 2015 Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Community Forum, "DACA and Nebraska Legislative
Bill 623 (2015)," Columbus, Nebraska
-Panel Moderator, 2014 Iowa-Nebraska AILA Chapter CLE, “Crimmigration/Hot Topics in Removal,” Omaha,
-Presenter, 2014 Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, "Ethical Issues Relating to the Immigration
Status of Individuals, Rights of Third Persons Under Rule 3-504.4, and Eligibility for Government Services (LB
403)," La Vista, Nebraska
-Presenter, 2013 Pro Bono Detainee Project CLE, "Immigration 101 and Model Hearing: A Training For Pro Bono
Attorneys," Creighton University School of Law
-Presenter, Know Your Rights and other immigration law presentations at the Mexican Consulate in Omaha,
various churches and schools across Nebraska and Iowa, and the Douglas County (Nebraska) Department of

Notable Cases and Press

-Argued successfully at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, on behalf of client who had been deported to Guatemala, to remand case to the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider a motion to reopen a deportation order, resulting in the return of the client to the United States to be reunited with his family.  This is the only petition for review on such a motion to reopen granted by the Eighth Circuit since 2008 and only the second since 2001.  This client is now a lawful permanent resident.
-Argued successfully for a remand before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, on behalf of a client who, through prior counsel, had an application for lawful permanent residency denied by the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals for allegedly being a persecutor of others.  This client is now able to reapply for lawful permanent residency.
-Obtained approval of Nebraska’s first same-sex marriage based visa petition and lawful permanent residency case.
-Successfully argued for reopening of a client’s 24-year-old deportation order at the Board of Immigration Appeals after three prior immigration attorneys could not.  This client is now a lawful permanent resident.
-Was granted a motion to terminate removal proceedings for a client with four charges of deportation including two aggravated felonies.  This client was able to retain his lawful permanent residency.
-Successfully argued numerous motions to reopen and rescind removal and deportation orders including those that resulted in successful return of multiple clients following removal or deportation and lawful permanent residency.