JOHN W. LAWIT has more than 40 years of immigration law experience. He represents businesses wishing to employ foreign nationals, families seeking immigration benefits, non-immigrants, consular cases,removal defense, VAWA, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ), TPS and appellate work.
Mr. Lawit has been issued a license by the Law Society of British Columbia to act as a Foreign Legal Consultant. Mr. Lawit is the author of the New Mexico Immigration and Nationality Law Practice Act, the first law enacted in the U.S. to protect immigrants from the unauthorized practice of immigration law. He is a member of the New Mexico and Texas Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He was a founder and director of the Immigration Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association Mr. Lawit is a current member and past chairman of the Immigration Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar. He is regularly invited to speak at law conferences throughout the United States and internationally.
Mr. Lawit has served as an adjunct professor of immigration law at Texas Tech University and the University of New Mexico's School of Law. He was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a U.S. Immigration Judge, and has been listed in Who's Who In American Law, Bar Directory of Preeminent Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for over 25 years. Mr. Lawit is also listed in Southwest Super Lawyers and Texas Super lawyers. The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed him as Special Immigration Counsel to the Republic of Mexico.
Mr. Lawit received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico and his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire.
- Selected to be U.S. Immigration Law Judge, 1985
- Appointed as Special Immigration Counsel to the Republic of Mexico by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1983)
- Appointed by the Governor of the State of New Mexico to the New Mexico International Trade/Investment Counsel (1984-1987)
- Appointed by two New Mexico Governors to the New Mexico Border Commission (1982-1986)