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Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney licensed in the states of New York and Connecticut. Able to practice immigration law in all 50 states, he is also admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Christopher Stender is a member of a number of professional legal associations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

AILA has more than 14,000 attorneys and law professors engaged in practicing and teaching immigration law. AILA is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that helps immigration attorneys by providing legal updates, continuing legal education, and professional services through its chapters and national committees.

The goals of AILA are many, starting with advocating for immigration laws and policies that are fair and reasonable before Congress, the courts, federal agencies, and the media. AILA also educates the public about the importance of uniting American families who may be separated by legal issues, protecting refugees who have fled dangerous situations in their home countries, and making it possible for United States employers to hire people from abroad with specific skills they need to compete globally.

AILA goals also encompass helping lawyers to achieve the best possible legal services for their clients by increasing attorneys’ knowledge and professionalism. It also facilitates and encourages its members to participate in pro bono programs to help those clients who don’t have the resources to pursue their cases.



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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