Successful Deportation Defense in San Francisco Federal Appeals Court

Having provided free legal services to those without means, Christopher Stender is a respected immigration attorney with experience spanning California and Arizona. As an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has provided vital support to people fighting deportation proceedings who seek to stay in the United States.

In 2010, Mr. Stender achieved a San Francisco federal appeals court decision blocking the deportation of a Nigerian man was convicted of selling marijuana in Arizona in 2002. Completing a three-year sentence, Lawrence Eneh was set to be deported.

The plaintiff had contracted AIDS through a contaminated needle while in Minnesota and employed at a health center. This condition was pivotal to his defense, as it was argued that Nigeria has a policy of locking up those with AIDS and denying them needed anti-viral medications. In rendering its 3-0 decision, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals noted that deportation to Nigeria, where medications would be withheld, was tantamount to torture.


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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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