A Brief Overview of the List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

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An immigration attorney, Christopher Stender practices in San Diego, California. Attorney Christopher Stender also supports foreign nationals, both detained and not in custody, by offering pro bono services through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

At www.justice.gov, lawyers will find information on registering for the List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers. The Office of Legal Access Programs of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) manages the online catalogue. Formerly named the List of Free Legal Services Providers, it documents attorneys who volunteer counsel to individuals in need of representation in immigration court.

Those participating in the program must be registered with the EOIR. It permits an attorney to represent a client before an immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals. Participation also requires an agreement to provide a minimum of 50 hour of uncompensated counsel annually for every court an attorney has committed to serve. A recertification every three years allows a legal provider to maintain active listing.


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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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