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MAP Offers Immigration Legal Counsel to Active Service Members


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American Immigration Lawyers Association

An immigration attorney licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut, Christopher Stender serves as a partner for Federal Immigration Counselors and provides pro bono services in Arizona. Christopher Stender also belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which offers free legal services to active-duty service members and their families through the Military Assistance Program (MAP).

The MAP program honors the commitment of immigrant service members and their immediate families by providing experienced pro bono legal counsel. Designed to bring peace of mind, legal counsel is available to active service members and their parents, children, and spouses or fiancés. To receive counsel, service members must submit a client information form, which MAP will use to match them with a volunteer attorney. Matches take approximately three months and applicants are not responsible for any legal fees, although volunteer attorneys may request administrative fees up to $250.

Launched in 2008, MAP is joint effort between the AILA and the United States military Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps’ Legal Assistance Offices. The groups created the program as a response to an influx of complex immigration legal questions, creating a backlog of cases for JAG attorneys.


DACA at Center of Arizona Tuition Challenge


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Arizona Board of Regents

For more than 25 years, experienced immigration attorney Christopher Stender has worked with clients on various immigration-related issues such as citizenship and permanent residency applications. In order to provide the best service to his clients, attorney Christopher Stender keeps up with current happenings that have a connection to immigration law, especially in Arizona.

A recent lawsuit against state universities in Arizona revolves around the tuition charged to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, who were treated as in-state students by the Arizona Board of Regents. Attorneys for the plaintiff argue that, according to a 1996 federal law, states that offer in-state tuition to immigrants who do not have a legal status are required to offer the same tuition to citizen students from other states.

The case doesn’t revolve around the legality of issuing the in-state tuition to DACA students, but rather the issue that thousands of out-of-state students were charged higher tuition ($20,000 per student annually in some cases) when they shouldn’t have been. While there are currently only three plaintiffs, attorneys presenting the case are looking to build a class-action suit on behalf of all out-of-state residents.

In 2017, the Arizona Court of Appeals asserted that in-state tuition should only be given to citizens and legal U.S. residents. It is unclear how that ruling will impact this pending litigation.

The 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law


AILA to Hold 2017 Annual Conference in New Orleans


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American Immigration Lawyers Association

An immigration attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Christopher Stender provides representation and guidance for those dealing with citizenship-related issues. Throughout his career as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has worked to stay abreast of the latest developments in immigration law through memberships in several organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

In its efforts to advance immigration law and practice in the United States, AILA oversees various programs and events aimed at advocacy, research, and education. The organization’s calendar of in-person events includes its annual conference, a multi-day meeting that features learning and networking activities as well as exhibits showcasing innovative products and services to support legal practices.

In 2017, the AILA Annual Conference (AC17) will be held on June 21-24 in New Orleans. The event will feature a continuing legal education program comprising panel discussions; workshops; and evening roundtables on immigration enforcement, holistic lawyering, international adoption, and a range of other topics. AC17 will also offer special events and activities, including a reception, morning yoga sessions, and the AILA Annual Awards ceremony.

Those unable to attend AC17 in person can still take part in several conference events via a live webcast. Additional information about the webcast and other conference details can be found at

Annual Global Immigration Forum to Take Place in June 2017


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.

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.