National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Names Board Member

With a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, Christopher Stender has served as an immigration attorney for more than two decades. He has provided services pertaining to family immigration, work permits, and business visas. To help him stay current with changes made to immigration law, attorney Christopher Stender belongs to several related organizations, such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

The NACDL encourages all members of federal, state, and local government to provide justice and fairness to all Americans. It also aims to provide due process for those accused of wrongdoings, and compassion for witnesses and crime victims.

In May 2015, the NACDL announced that it elected a California-based lawyer to its board of directors. Martin A. Sabelli, who has his own law practice and is a former federal public defender, is a lifetime member of the organization. He was honored with the recognition at the NACDL’s 2015 spring meeting held in Las Vegas.


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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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