MAP Offers Immigration Legal Counsel to Active Service Members


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American Immigration Lawyers Association

An immigration attorney licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut, Christopher Stender serves as a partner for Federal Immigration Counselors and provides pro bono services in Arizona. Christopher Stender also belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which offers free legal services to active-duty service members and their families through the Military Assistance Program (MAP).

The MAP program honors the commitment of immigrant service members and their immediate families by providing experienced pro bono legal counsel. Designed to bring peace of mind, legal counsel is available to active service members and their parents, children, and spouses or fiancés. To receive counsel, service members must submit a client information form, which MAP will use to match them with a volunteer attorney. Matches take approximately three months and applicants are not responsible for any legal fees, although volunteer attorneys may request administrative fees up to $250.

Launched in 2008, MAP is joint effort between the AILA and the United States military Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps’ Legal Assistance Offices. The groups created the program as a response to an influx of complex immigration legal questions, creating a backlog of cases for JAG attorneys.


DACA at Center of Arizona Tuition Challenge


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Arizona Board of Regents

For more than 25 years, experienced immigration attorney Christopher Stender has worked with clients on various immigration-related issues such as citizenship and permanent residency applications. In order to provide the best service to his clients, attorney Christopher Stender keeps up with current happenings that have a connection to immigration law, especially in Arizona.

A recent lawsuit against state universities in Arizona revolves around the tuition charged to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, who were treated as in-state students by the Arizona Board of Regents. Attorneys for the plaintiff argue that, according to a 1996 federal law, states that offer in-state tuition to immigrants who do not have a legal status are required to offer the same tuition to citizen students from other states.

The case doesn’t revolve around the legality of issuing the in-state tuition to DACA students, but rather the issue that thousands of out-of-state students were charged higher tuition ($20,000 per student annually in some cases) when they shouldn’t have been. While there are currently only three plaintiffs, attorneys presenting the case are looking to build a class-action suit on behalf of all out-of-state residents.

In 2017, the Arizona Court of Appeals asserted that in-state tuition should only be given to citizens and legal U.S. residents. It is unclear how that ruling will impact this pending litigation.

Feed My Starving Children’s Impact on a Young Haitian Boy

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Feed My Starving Children

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney who has had numerous published Board of Immigration Appeals and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. Christopher Stender also supports various organizations and charities, including Feed My Starving Children.

A nonprofit, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) works hard to create nutritious meal formulas that meet the dietary needs of starving people on six continents. The group has many success stories, as the meals can transform the lives of those in need. One life touched was that of a young Haitian boy named Paul Evans, who weighed 17 pounds when he was 2 years old, 8 pounds below the minimum of 25 pounds that he should have weighed.

His parents were farmers who barely earned five dollars a day and had a hard time getting Paul the nutrients he needed. His father took him down a mountain to visit Real Hope for Haiti, an FMSC partner, which diagnosed Paul with a form of malnutrition that causes intense swelling. They immediately began providing the young boy with MannaPack Rice and he started to gain weight. The meals saved his life and turned him from a sickly child into a playful, smiling boy.

To read more success stories or learn how you can help, visit

The 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law


ABA Adopts NYSBA Report on Representation of Women in Courtroom




For more than two decades, experienced immigration attorney Christopher Stender has helped clients dealing with issues in both citizenship and permanent residency. In addition to his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender maintains membership in a number of legal organizations, including the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

The NYSBA recently drafted a report titled, “If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR,” detailing the ways in which women are underrepresented in the courtroom. In February of 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) officially adopted a resolution accepting the NYSBA’s report and concurring that women are not being fairly represented in the profession as it relates to their presence in the courtroom, making only about 25 percent of attorneys who serve as lead counsel in court proceedings.

The NYSBA conducted a study in the last quarter of 2016 to gather data about courtroom representation. NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman said the ABA’s approval shows the importance of the report’s findings. She highlighted the need to create more fairness in terms of representation and committed her organization to work toward that end.

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