Christopher Stender: Landmark Decision Made On Immigrant Rights

Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney with Stender & Lappin PC, attended the State University of New York at Buffalo while also studying abroad at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. He obtained his juris doctorate from Syracuse University Law School, where he finished in the top 25% of his class. Christopher Stender supports multiple missions, including missions to Honduras and Mexico.

Immigrant rights attorneys and activists all over the country rejoiced last month when the Miami-Dade county attorney in Florida ruled that was it was unconstitutional for federal agents to request longer detention periods for immigrants in custody. It was the first official ruling made by a Florida official since the new immigrant detainers became controversial in 2010, and the decision could have a sweeping effect on the rest of the country. In a statement, county attorney Robert A. Cuevas Jr. said that federal petitions that request detainees be held for up to 48 hours are “no more than [requests]” and are in no way mandated by federal law.

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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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