Annual AILA Citizenship Day Event Assists Immigrants in Naturalization

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AILA Citizenship Day

With extensive experience as a Southern California immigration attorney, Christopher Stender maintains a strong community focus. Attorney Christopher Stender is a longtime presence in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and served as vice president of the Arizona chapter.

One of the key annual sponsored AILA events over the past decade has been Citizenship Day. Bringing together a large number of advocates and lawyers, the event spans naturalization clinics nationwide and is undertaken in partnership with the NALEO Educational Fund. These clinics provide lawful permanent residents with low to no cost assistance in their efforts to naturalize.

The focus of the event is on enabling the creativity, innovation, and participation in civil society unlocked by people becoming US citizens. At present, the need for experienced counsel on the process is acute, as approximately nine million people have eligibility for naturalization. The date September 17 also coincides with National Constitution Day, which honors the day on which the US Constitution was adopted.


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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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