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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.

American Immigration Lawyers Association Hosted Annual Conference


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American Immigration Lawyers Association

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.

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Pro Bono Program

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Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

Christopher Stender is a San Diego-based immigration attorney with over 25 years of experience practicing the law. Over the course of his career, Christopher Stender has worked within the Immigration and Naturalization Service and, in private practice, has engaged in pro bono legal work. Among the organizations he has previously supported is the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) is an Arizona-based nonprofit legal service that provides representation and access to social services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Florence and Eloy detention centers as well as children’s shelters in Phoenix. To achieve these goals, FIRRP relies on donations as well as a network of volunteers that includes expert witnesses, social workers and lawyers.

The lawyers who volunteer for FIRRP are critical to the success of the organization and are recruited through the FIRRP pro bono program. FIRRP recruits, mentors, and trains attorneys in order to connect volunteering attorneys with the resources and experience built of its 25-year history. The aim of this is to ensure high quality representation for detained immigrants subject to removal proceedings. The demands of the pro bono program vary and may require appearances before an immigration judge, a court of appeals, juvenile court, and federal district court. Furthermore, the topic matter of cases runs the gamut of immigration law, and often regular law.

Florence Immigrant Refugee Rights Project Encourages Donations

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Florence Immigrant Refugee Rights Project

A former partner at an immigration law firm, immigration attorney Christopher Stender spent five years at the San Diego, California, firm. Dedicated to helping others, immigration attorney Christopher Stender supports several charitable endeavors, including the Florence Immigrant Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP).

Established in 1989, FIRRP offers nonprofit legal and social services to unaccompanied children and detained adults facing immigration proceedings in Arizona. According to the organization, approximately 86 percent of detained individuals do not have representation due to poverty.

On April 5, 2016, which is Arizona Gives Day, FIRRP encouraged supporters to make a donation to the organization. Arizona Gives Day highlights work done by nonprofits across the state; since its inception in 2013, the day of sharing has raised more than $4.5 million. During the past two summers, FIRRP has seen a spike in unaccompanied children that flee to the United States. Donations to the organization not only offer social services and legal defense for these children but also give them hope that they can have a better life in the United States.