Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
Supervising Attorney, Immigration Clinic
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., University of California, Davis
Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
"The skills students learn in the clinic will serve them well no matter where their legal career takes them. Just as important, they experience the responsibility and privilege of being an attorney — a person who is trusted for guidance and assistance in moments of crisis. It is truly special for me to participate in that journey with the students as they realize the positive change they can make in the lives of others." — Blake Nordahl
Professor Blake Nordahl is a California Certified Law Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He serves on the California State Bar's Advisory Law Commission for Immigration and Nationality Law, and is the current liaison between the Sacramento U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office, and the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is often asked to serve as a panelist at various local and national events and conferences as an expert in immigration issues.
A former attorney advisor with the Immigration Court in San Diego, Professor Nordahl began supervising the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic in 2009 where he has continued the clinic's strong history of representing disadvantaged immigrant clients. Under Professor Nordahl's leadership, law students have a hands-on opportunity to provide informed and compassionate representation to clients pro bono. He mentors, oversees and guides students as they interview and counsel clients, and prepare legal documents needed to secure immigration benefits such as naturalization, immigrant visas, asylum, and removal defense. Professor Nordahl and his students also assist clients in filing for specialized visas such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), "U" visas for victims of serious crimes, and "T" visas for victims of human trafficking. Each year, Professor Nordahl is a key organizer of the well-known and much anticipated annual McGeorge Immigration Fair where the law school comes together to assist community members with legal assistance for naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
After receiving his undergraduate degree in International Development at UC Berkeley, Professor Nordahl attended law school at UC Davis School of Law. While at King Hall, he was a member of the UC Davis Law Review editorial board, participated in the law school's Immigration Law Clinic and received a Certificate in Public Interest Law.
After law school, Professor Nordahl was accepted into the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program where he was a judicial law clerk and attorney advisor for a year with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) in San Diego. There, he worked directly with five federal Immigration Judges hearing asylum and deportation cases. After completing his clerkship, Professor Nordahl entered private practice with a focus on immigration law.
Courses: Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Law Seminar