MSU College of Law

Joanna Kloet


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
joanna_kloet@fd.org

Joanna Kloet is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of Michigan, where she focuses much of her work on non-citizens facing federal charges including immigration-related offenses.

Previously in her career, she was selected through the Department of Justice Honors Program to serve as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Tenth Circuit. From 2009 to 2014, she practiced with the Michigan law firm of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, focusing primarily on immigration law and indigent criminal defense. From 2013 to 2017, she was employed as a Supervising Attorney in the immigration law clinic at Michigan State University College of Law.

Joanna completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and obtained her law degree from Michigan State University, where she graduated summa cum laude as a King Scholar. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and Colorado and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2009.

Her recent article, "It's not (Fundamentally) Fair! The Right to Counsel on the Immigration Consequences of Juvenile Misconduct," was published in the Fall 2016 issue of the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy.

  • Immigration Consequences of Crime
    This course will examine the immigration consequences of criminal activity through analysis of statutes, regulations, case law, and official federal agency publications. Students will gain the knowledge needed to identify, analyze, and provide advice and counsel with regard to substantive and procedural immigration and naturalization issues that arise from criminal law matters.