From an early age, Blair seemed destined for the court. Blair’s parents often found him either playing basketball at a local Denver, Colorado playground, relentlessly teasing one of his nine siblings, or with his nose buried in a John Grisham novel. As he got older, Blair chose to follow the path onto a basketball court.
After moving to Utah prior to high school, Blair played on the state championship winning basketball team at Canyon View High School where he started at shooting guard and earned All-Conference honors. Following high school Blair served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile where he lived for 2 years. There he learned Spanish and a gained an unhealthy love for empanadas. Upon returning home, he found himself back on a basketball court as he began coaching high school basketball while working on his undergraduate degree.
Not too long after that, Blair met his lovely wife, Mary, at a rock concert and they were married in October of 2004. Mary, a literary editor, and Blair both graduated from Southern Utah University with degrees from an English Department that still remembers Blair as “Mary’s Husband.” They have four daughters, all named after literary figures; Elliot (12), Astoria (11), Rousseau (8), and River (4). They keep Mary and Blair on their toes and are great kids.
Blair coached high school basketball for thirteen years and taught High School English and Spanish for seven years in Utah and in Wyoming. Seven of Blair’s thirteen years of coaching were done at the Varsity level where Blair was named Utah Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2011 and then again received the Wyoming Class 4A Coach of the year in 2015.
Blair enjoyed quite a bit of success on the court with dozens of fantastic young men that he coached. However, the John Grisham novels kept calling. Blair and Mary decided in 2016 to move their family to Lexington, Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky School of Law. Blair is now in his 3rd year of Law School where he has served as the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, President of the J. Reuben Clark Society, and actively participates in the Latino Law and Street Law clubs. During his time as a law student, Blair worked for the Kentucky State Legislative Research Commission as a Graduate Legal Research Fellow at the Kentucky State Capitol, and has since worked as a law clerk specializing in immigration.
Blair has gained a passion for both immigration law and copyright law. But more than anything, he has renewed his passion he had as a basketball coach for devoting his time and efforts to helping others. He loves loves comic books, movies, and once met Vanilla Ice at an Applebee’s. He writes about the intersection of pop-culture and the law for an online publication called The All-Around.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2019
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English (Secondary Education), 2009
Saving the Immigrant Population: Superhero Movies take on DACA, Kentucky Journal of Law and Pop Culture (2018).
#NoFilter: The Past, Present, and Future of the Content Edited Film Industry, Kentucky Journal of Law and Pop Culture (2018).
University of Kentucky Street Law Clinic
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Greenhouse 17 Domestic Violence Shelter