Syracuse University College of Law – Burton Blatt Institute

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Syracuse University College of Law

Before beginning a career as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender attended the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where he majored in history and English and earned a bachelor of arts. Immigration attorney Christopher Stender subsequently attended Syracuse University School of Law in Syracuse, New York, where he earned a law degree.

The Syracuse University College of Law features several different research centers to help law students further their studies. One such is the Burton Blatt Institute. Burton Blatt was a leader in helping to provide educational opportunities and advancements for those diagnosed with developmental disabilities. He led the way in creating family support services and community living programs for people with disabilities.

The Burton Blatt Institute has been commissioned by the American Bar Association to conduct a study regarding biases encountered by lawyers who are disabled, as well as individuals working in the legal profession who identify as LGBT. The study aims to determine strategies that can be implemented to overcome any issues identified.


NYSBA Updates Social Media Guidelines



For more than 25 years, Christopher Stender has leveraged his experience as an immigration attorney to help clients with issues related to citizenship and permanent residency. Committed to staying active in his field, Christopher Stender belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

Last May, the NYSBA updated its list of social media guidelines, which were first implemented in 2014 to help New York lawyers navigate the ethical waters of social media usage. Some of the topics included in the guidelines include advertising, how to appropriately address online reviews (positive and negative), and any conflicts that might arise resulting from postings.

Mark Berman, who serves as chair of the NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section says that these guidelines are intended to help New York lawyers stay in line with previous ethics rulings over the past decade regarding social media. The latest guidelines can be accessed online at

Racquetball – A History of the Game


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An immigration attorney in San Diego, California, Christopher Stender has been practicing law since 1990. Outside of his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender enjoys traveling, reading, and playing racquetball.

Although the origins of racquetball can be traced back hundreds of years to games such as tennis and handball, it didn’t emerge as its own sport until the mid-20th century. Known as the “father of racquetball,” Joe Sobek invented the sport in 1950 after he grew dissatisfied with other indoor court games like squash.

Sobek, an on-and-off tennis pro, created the design for a smaller strung racquet and used the core of a tennis ball to start playing a game he initially called paddle rackets. He then launched the Paddle Rackets Association and continued to experiment with racquet and ball design until he eventually came up with the small rubber ball that is still used today.

Sobek’s game quickly caught on locally, and it wasn’t long before paddle rackets was enjoying popularity nationwide. By the 1960s, tournaments were popping up across the country. In 1969, Robert Kendler, the president of the US Handball Association, established the International Racquetball Association, which used a new name coined by a California tennis pro named Bob McInerney. With that, the sport had a new name, and it has been called racquetball ever since.

Over the decades, racquetball has remained a popular sport and is played in fitness clubs and community organizations worldwide. Although it has yet to make it to the Olympics, racquetball is an international game that is enjoyed by millions of people in over 95 countries.

AILA to Hold 2017 Annual Conference in New Orleans


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American Immigration Lawyers Association

An immigration attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Christopher Stender provides representation and guidance for those dealing with citizenship-related issues. Throughout his career as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has worked to stay abreast of the latest developments in immigration law through memberships in several organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

In its efforts to advance immigration law and practice in the United States, AILA oversees various programs and events aimed at advocacy, research, and education. The organization’s calendar of in-person events includes its annual conference, a multi-day meeting that features learning and networking activities as well as exhibits showcasing innovative products and services to support legal practices.

In 2017, the AILA Annual Conference (AC17) will be held on June 21-24 in New Orleans. The event will feature a continuing legal education program comprising panel discussions; workshops; and evening roundtables on immigration enforcement, holistic lawyering, international adoption, and a range of other topics. AC17 will also offer special events and activities, including a reception, morning yoga sessions, and the AILA Annual Awards ceremony.

Those unable to attend AC17 in person can still take part in several conference events via a live webcast. Additional information about the webcast and other conference details can be found at

Annual Global Immigration Forum to Take Place in June 2017


The Town of Wurzburg in Germany

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Wurzburg, Germany

Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney with Federal Immigration Counselors in Phoenix, Arizona since 2011, received degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Syracuse University Law School. In addition, attorney Christopher Stender spent time at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany.

The University of Wuerzburg is located in the city of Wurzburg, which was founded before the time of Christ. Located on the banks of the Main River, Wurzburg is known as a scenic, peaceful city, ideal for walking. Tourists enjoy visiting Old Town, several churches, the Marienberg Fortress, and the Wurzburg Residenz. Though 90 percent of the city was destroyed in an air raid during World War II, over the last 50 years the city has undergone an impressive renovation, restoring much of the city to its former glory.

The Residenz, one of the most important Baroque palaces in Europe, was built for the Prince-Bishops of Franconia starting in 1720. Construction lasted for 24 years, ensuring that the design of most of the palace stayed true to its Baroque beginnings. One of the most important architectural treasures in Germany, the Residenz features beautiful decoration and impressive gardens. Most of the interior artwork and furnishings are original to the palace because they were taken off site during the war. The Residenz was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.

The Events Behind FMSC’s Success in Feeding the World

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Feed My Starving Children

Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney based in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2012, he has been an attorney and partner at Federal Immigration Counselors AZ. Outside of work, Christopher Stender supports various charitable causes, including Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

FMSC is a Christian nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to focus on breaking the cycle of poverty by providing physical and spiritual nourishment to children. Since its founding, FMSC has worked with various partners around the globe, including orphanages and schools. Today, FMSC’s presence makes a difference in more than 70 countries.

FMSC manages to help numerous people at once by utilizing willing volunteers. Each year, FMSC organizes Mobilepack events for volunteers across the country to come together to pack food. These events attract large numbers of volunteers. In 2015, for example, 800,000 people from 35 states packed approximately 64 million meals.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, visit