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John W. Lawit

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Practice Areas:

  • Immigration Law


  • U.S. Immigration Judge
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named to Southwest Super Lawyers List, 2008, 2009, 2011-2014


  • University of New Hampshire - Franklin Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
    • J.D.
  • University of New Mexico
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1980
  • Texas, 1992
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • Canada, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Immigration Law Section, State Bar of New Mexico, Chair
  • Immigration Section, Dallas Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Member
  • Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law and Texas Tech. School of Law, 1983 to 1988
  • Instructor, Catholic Social Services, Albuquerque New Mexica, 1989 to 1992

Pro-Bono Activities

  • North Texas Human Rights Initiative (HRI)
  • Healing the Children
  • Institute for Spanish Arts
  • Catholic Social Services of New Mexico in Albuquerque
  • Jewish Family Services of New Mexico in Albuquerque

Published Works

  • "Proposition 187-Trashing the Constitution, Torch-American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, vol. XXIX, no.3, 1995
  • "New Mexico Immigration and Nationality Law Practice Act", Author and Lobbyist, NMSA, 36-3-1, 1987
  • "A Look at the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986", Business Outlook, Albuquerque Journal, 1987
  • "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986-Employer Sanctions", Occu-Med Report, Center for Occupational and Preventive Medicine, March/April, 1987
  • "Immigration Law for the General Practitioner" , New Mexico Bar Association, 1986
  • "SIN Adopta Nuevas Medidas Para Detectae el Fraude Matrimonial, El Hispano, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1986
  • "Welcome to 1984: A Statutory Analysis of Social Service Restrictions Based on Immigration Status.", The Torch, New Mexico Civil Liberties Union, 1984

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Foreign Legal Consultant, 2009
  • New Mexico Border Commission