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John W. Lawit

John W. Lawit

Practice areas:

Immigration

About Me

John W. Lawit  has been practicing immigration law exclusively for the past 33 years.


 


He received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire in Concord, New Hampshire in 1977.  John received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico, with honors in 1972. John became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1978, the New Mexico Bar Association in 1980 and the Texas Bar Association in 1992 and the Law Society of British Columbia in 2010. John is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Albuquerque Bar Association, the El Paso Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers,and the Canadian Bar Association. He has served on the board of directors of the New Mexico affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and has been a member and served as a volunteer attorney of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

John has served as chairman of the New Mexico Immigration and International Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar Association; he is the author of the New Mexico Immigration and Nationality Law Practice Act, which was the first law enacted within the United States to protect immigrants from the unauthorized practice of immigration law. The law has served as model legislation, which has been enacted in ten States. John is regularly invited to speak at immigration law conferences throughout the United States and internationally. He has appeared before Consulates on behalf of the firm's clients throughout the world.

John's accomplishments include serving as an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University of New Mexico's School of Law (1983-1988). He was selected by the United States Department of Justice to serve as United States Immigration Judge; he was the youngest attorney to be selected. John has received the AV rating, the highest possible rating from the prestigious Martindale Hubble Law Directory. He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. John also appears in Who's Who in American Law and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over fifteen years. John has been appointed by two New Mexico Governors to the New Mexico Border Commission (1982-1986); he has been appointed as special immigration counsel to the Republic of Mexico by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1983) and was appointed by the Governor of the State of New Mexico to the New Mexico International Trade/Investment Counsel (1984-1987).

John has served the local community as the founder of the immigration project, Jewish Family Services of Albuquerque (1988-1990); he has served as a member of the board of directors and the president of Rainbow House International Adoption Agency (1987-2000); he has performed the roll of vice president of the New Mexico Refugee Association (1979-1984); member of the board of directors for Healing of Children (1989-1995); and member of the board of directors of the Institute of Spanish Arts (1994-1996). John has received awards from Catholic Social Services and Jewish Family Services for providing immigration assistance to both organizations.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Immigration: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • John Benjamin Moore

    A truly exceptional lawyer for knowledge, skill, effort, and ethics.

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    John Moore Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brooke Nowak-Neely

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lawitt possesses a wealth of knowledge in the field of immigration law and will represent clients well.

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    Brooke Nowak-Neely Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

5901 Wyoming Blvd NE
Suite J-304
Albuquerque, NM, 87109

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199208/25/2015
NMAuthorized to practice law198010/18/2010

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
2000 Millenium Friend of Children AwardRainbow House International1999
Jean Marshall Stolet Award - Volunteer of the YearJewish Family Services of Albuquerque1999
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell1994
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1994
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America1990
Distinguished Service Award in Immigration LawCatholic Social Services of Albuquerque1988

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentJohn W. Lawit, P.C.1980 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionMember2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNew Mexico Customs and Border Protection liaison2008 - 2009
New Mexico State Bar AssociationMember, Immigration Law Section2008 - Present
Albuquerque Bar AssociationMember1994 - 2010
New Mexico State Bar AssociationChairman1990 - 1990
New Mexico State Bar AssociationDirector, Immigration and International Law Section1988 - 1992
New Mexico State Bar AssociationMember, Immigration Law Section1988 - 1992
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Co-Chairman, Unauthorized Practice of Law Comittee1988 - 1989
New Mexico State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
El Paso Association of Immigration and Nationality PractitionersMember1979 - 1985
Albuquerque Bar AssociationMember1979 - 1983
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1979 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Torch, American Civil Liberties Union of New MexicoProposition 187 - Trashing the Constitution1995
State Bar of New MexicoBattered Spouse and Children Provisions in U.S. Immigration Law1995
Occu-Med ReportImmigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 -- Employer Sanctions1987
Albuquerque Journal Business OutlookA Look at the Immigration and Control Act of 19861987
New Mexico Bar AssociationFamily Relationships Under the Immigration and Nationality Practice Act1987
El HispanoSIN Adopta Nuevas Medidas Para Detectar el Fraude Matrimonial1986
New Mexico Bar AssociationImmigration Law for the General Practitioner1986
The Torch, New Mexico Civil Liberties UnionWelcome to 19841984

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Franklin Pierce Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1977
University of New MexicoN/ABachelor of Art1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Work Visas & Permanent ResidencyWork Visas & Permanent Residency2008
Visa SeminarVisas2008
Recent Developments in Employment & Immigration LawRecent Developments in Employment & Immigration Law2008
PresentationEmployment Based Immigrant & Temporary Visas2008
Practicing Law on the Border: The Challenges of Immigrant RepresentationSpecial Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for Minors in Removal Proceedings: How to Obtain SIJS through Guardianship2008
2nd Annual Advancing the Human Resource/Attorney Relationship2nd Annual Advancing the Human Resource/Attorney Relationship2008
What’s New in ImmigrationWhat’s New in Immigration2007
Texas Chapter MeetingNAFTA Employment Visas2006
Immigration and Employment LawImmigration and Employment Law2006
Current Immigration Law Update: Temporary Workers and Employment Based Permanent ResidencyCurrent Immigration Law Update: Temporary Workers and Employment Based Permanent Residency2006
Recent Immigration, Policy, Procedures & Eligibility IssuesRecent Immigration, Policy, Procedures & Eligibility Issues2004
Immigration Law UpdateImmigration Law Update2004
Recent Immigration Law & Policy ChangesRecent Immigration Law & Policy Changes2003
Employment Visas for Foreign Medical PersonnelEmployment Visas for Foreign Medical Personnel2003
New Mexico State NAFSA MeetingImmigration Post-September 11th2002
Immigration Law UpdateImmigration Law Update2002
Current Changes in U.S. Immigration PolicyCurrent Changes in U.S. Immigration Policy2002
National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s Legal Division Annual MeetingNon-U.S. Citizens (Foreign Nationals) and Mental Health: Access to services and international transfer/repatriation issues2001
Texas Chapter Spring ConferenceSchedule A, Group II and Outstanding Researchers2000
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa Opportunities to Foreign Students and ProfessionalsNon-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa Opportunities to Foreign Students and Professionals2000
Human Rights and The Practice of Law – Making International Law a Tool for More Effective AdvocacyHuman Rights and The Practice of Law – Making International Law a Tool for More Effective Advocacy: The Relevance of International Treaties to the Practice of Immigration Law2000
H-1B Visa Update and Employment Based ImmigrationH-1B Visa Update and Employment Based Immigration2000
F-1, J-1, Practical Training and Then What?F-1, J-1, Practical Training and Then What?2000
Changes in U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Visas and I-9 ComplianceChanges in U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Visas and I-9 Compliance2000
Policy and Foreign Trade ZonesPolicy and Foreign Trade Zones1999
New Mexico NAFSA Spring WorkshopF-1 & J-1 Visas1999
How Immigration Law Affects Your PracticeHow Immigration Law Affects Your Practice1999
Hiring International StudentsHiring International Students1999
Basic Business Immigration Law for New Mexico EmployersBasic Business Immigration Law for New Mexico Employers1999
Recent Changes in US Immigration Law Affecting College Personnel AdministrationRecent Changes in US Immigration Law Affecting College Personnel Administration1998
New Asylum Policies and Regulations Affecting Chinese Nationals in the United StatesNew Asylum Policies and Regulations Affecting Chinese Nationals in the United States1998
Immigration Law & Domestic ViolenceImmigration Law & Domestic Violence1998
Immigration Issues for Domestic Violence Victims Panel DiscussionImmigration Issues for Domestic Violence Victims1998
Domestic Violence Training ConferenceHow US Immigration Laws affect the Domestic Violence Perpetrator, Victim, and Families: U.S. Immigration Law and Domestic Violence1998
Domestic Violence Training ConferenceCriminal Aliens and U.S. Immigration Law1998
NAFSA State Workshop/ConferenceIIRIRA effects on M-1/F-1/J-1 (Students and Scholars)/H1B and Permanent Residency1997
Changes in US Immigration Law: New Immigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsChanges in US Immigration Law: New Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions1997
Changes in US Immigration Law Affecting Students and ProfessionalsChanges in US Immigration Law Affecting Students and Professionals1997
Visa Options For Medical Personnel, An UpdateVisa Options For Medical Personnel, An Update1995
The Basics of Practicing Immigration LawThe Basics of Practicing Immigration Law1995
Immigration Law In New Mexico: Immigration Survival For BusinessImmigration Law In New Mexico: Immigration Survival For Business1995
Immigration Consequences Of Criminal ActivityImmigration Consequences Of Criminal Activity1995
I-9 Preparation and RetentionI-9 Preparation and Retention1995
Immigration in the 90's: Surviving the QuotasImmigration in the 90's: Surviving the Quotas1993
Health Professional Recruitment and Retention SeminarEntering the Land of Opportunity, Working in the Land of Enchantment1993
Chinese Student Protection Act and The Chinese Professional -- Immigration Issues for the 1990'sChinese Student Protection Act and The Chinese Professional -- Immigration Issues for the 1990's1993
Immigration Documentation (I 9) and ComplianceImmigration Documentation (I 9) and Compliance1992
The Immigration Act of 1990 Changes for Students, Faculty and All WorkersThe Immigration Act of 1990 Changes for Students, Faculty and All Workers1991
New Mexico Bar Association CLE SeminarThe Immigration Act of 1990 Changes in the Act and How They Affect You1991
College and University Personnel Association (CUPA), Rio Grande Valley ChapterImmigration Act of 1990 Big Changes for the College Personnel Office1991
What to do About Your Immigration Status Before and After GraduationWhat to do About Your Immigration Status Before and After Graduation1990
Upcoming Changes in U.S. Immigration Law, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990Upcoming Changes in U.S. Immigration Law, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 19901990
INS Family Fairness ProgramINS Family Fairness Program1990
Continuing Legal Education SeminarMarriage Fraud Act of 19861990
New Mexico AIDS ConsortiumAIDS and U.S. Immigration Law1989
I 9's: Who, What, Where, WhenI 9's: Who, What, Where, When1989
Everything You Wanted to Know about Visas and Were Afraid to AskEverything You Wanted to Know about Visas and Were Afraid to Ask1989
Albuquerque Bicentennial Diamond Jubilee CommitteeImmigration Law, Constitutional and Statutory; New Mexico and the U.S. Constitution: A Lecture Series1989
St. Luke's Lutheran Church Adult ForumAn Examination of Current U.S. Immigration Policy1988
Hispanic Vote 88 ConferenceCivil Liberties and the New Immigration Law1988
Continuing Legal Education SeminarIs There Life After Death? What to do after a Legalization Appeal has been Denied?1988
The Immigration Law What You Need to KnowThe Immigration Law What You Need to Know1987
The Bicentennial of the United States ConstitutionCurrent Issues in Immigration Law, Constitutional and Statutory1987
The Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University AttorneysWhat Every University Counsel Needs to Know About United States Immigration Laws1987
New Mexico State ConventionThe Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Implications for the State of New Mexico1987
Employer Obligations Under the New Immigration LawEmployer Obligations Under the New Immigration Law1987
The Sanctuary Movement An ACLU IssueThe Sanctuary Movement An ACLU Issue1986
Immigration Law and the Medical ProfessionImmigration Law and the Medical Profession1986
Visas and the College GraduateVisas and the College Graduate1985
Immigration Law for the General PractitionerImmigration Law for the General Practitioner1985
Family Relationships Under the Immigration and Nationality ActFamily Relationships Under the Immigration and Nationality Act1984
ABC's of International Business VisasABC's of International Business Visas1984
Conference on Immigrant and Refugee AdvocacyUndocumented Persons: Christian Responses1983
Mini CLE seminarImmigration Problems Facing Military Personnel1982