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Joanna Kloet

Joanna Kloet

Joanna Kloet obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her law degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, from which she graduated summa cum laude with a full tuition King Scholarship.

Following law school graduation, Joanna was hired through the Attorney General’s Honors Program as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Tenth Circuit. Subsequently, she practiced with a large Michigan law firm, focusing primarily on immigration law. She also served as a Supervising Attorney in the immigration law clinic at Michigan State University, where she created and developed a course, called “Immigration Consequences of Crime,” that she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. Joanna’s article, “It’s not (Fundamentally) Fair! The Right to Counsel on the Immigration Consequences of Juvenile Misconduct,” was published in the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy in 2016.

Most recently, Joanna was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Michigan, representing individuals from arrest through appeal in federal criminal matters, including firearms, drugs, and fraud and immigration-related charges. Joanna is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan. She is also a member of the bars of Michigan and Colorado.

In spring 2023, Joanna was selected as the incoming Morgan Lewis Military Immigration Fellow, a two- year fellowship, sponsored by the American Immigration Council and supported by the generosity of the law firm Morgan Lewis, following their successful litigation in three federal class action lawsuits against the US Department of Defense, the US Army, and USCIS. These lawsuits successfully prevented these Federal agencies from delaying and denying the military naturalization applications filed by Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) service members and veterans, who had enlisted in the U.S. military because they had vital language or medical skills. In the fellowship, Joanna will focus on assisting these MAVNI class members with their naturalization applications. She will also support service members and recent veterans with other immigration cases through the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Military Assistance Program, and with other immigration-related litigation efforts. Joanna is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She is professionally fluent in Spanish, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor activities, including downhill skiing, trail running, and paddleboarding.

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