Rebecca Kitson holds a B.A., with honors and distinction in the major, from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and obtained her J.D. cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Throughout law school, Rebecca worked with immigrant survivors of domestic violence at Catholic
Charities, specializing in petitions and visas under the Violence Against Women Act. She began work
with the Immigration Law firm of Lawit & Kitson (previously John W. Lawit PC) in August of 2006
became a firm shareholder in September of 2009.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
In May of 2012, Rebecca established her own firm, where she continues to practice the spectrum of
Immigration Law, including employment and family-based immigration and removal defense. Rebecca
has also been an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNMSOL)
since 2009. In addition, she currently serves on the UNMSOL Leaffer Border Justice Initiative, which
strives to use powerful advocacy to educate.
She has presented widely through the NM State Bar, the TX State Bar, and has been a presenter/
panelist at various conferences through the University of New Mexico. For the past few years, she has
been a regular contributor and educator for Leadership New Mexico, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to educating leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of the state. In 2019, she
presented for the 10th Circuit Judicial Conference on asylum issues.
Rebecca has served as a presenter and author for the American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA) at chapter and national levels, and been a contributing author for AILA’s Consular Processing
Guide for the past three editions. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the second largest chapter
in AILA, the Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma Chapter. She co-authored a guide to the immigration
consequences of New Mexico state criminal convictions for the Law Office of the Public Defender. She
has also served as a volunteer attorney and avid supporter of the New Mexico International Folk Art
Market. She serves as a volunteer attorney for non-profit and faith-based organizations statewide.
Rebecca has been recognized as a Woman of Influence (2020) by Albuquerque Business First, and was
a C-Suite Award Finalist (2017) for the same publication. She was accepted into and graduated from
the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business Program (2019). She was recognized by the New Mexico
Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board with their Distinguished Acheivement Award (2016), for her
contributions to professionalism in the state. The State Bar of New Mexico also awarded her the CLE
Peak Award (2013). Rebecca enjoys the highest peer rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell (since 2012).