American Immigration Lawyers Association Hosted Annual Conference

 

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An attorney in San Diego, California, Christopher Stender is permitted to practice immigration law in all 50 states. To help him remain compliant, Christopher Stender maintains membership with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he was the vice president of the Arizona chapter.

Established in 1946, the AILA represents more than 14,000 professionals working in immigration law and boasts 39 chapters and more than 50 national committees. The nonprofit organization advocates for fair and reasonable policies, enhances professional development, and promotes justice within its membership.

Each year, the AILA hosts a conference where members convene, share ideas, and learn about changes made within the industry. The 2016 AILA conference, which occurred on June 22-25 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, featured keynote speaker Thomas A. Saenz, who is the president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Attendees had an opportunity to partake in more than 170 continuing legal education (CLE) programs and open forum sessions. They also enjoyed orientations, the annual awards, president’s reception, happy hours, and parties.

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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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