Immigration Law Clinic Supervising Attorney, Adjunct Professor
610 Abbot Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Joanna is a Supervising Attorney at the Immigration Law Clinic. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review.
After graduation, Joanna was hired by the United States Department of Justice into the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she worked as an attorney at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, serving the immigration judges in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah. After working with the federal government, Joanna practiced with the law firm of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in Traverse City, Michigan, where she assisted individuals and businesses with preparing affirmative immigration applications and defenses against immigration-related prosecutions. Joanna also litigated criminal defense and employment matters while with the firm.
Along with Elly Jordan, Joanna's work at the Immigration Law Clinic includes a special focus on the unaccompanied minor aspect of the Clinic's docket at all stages, from legal screenings to Know Your Rights presentations to representation before the Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Joanna is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Colorado. She is a native of the Upper Peninsula and is also a part time figure skating coach.
Law Review Publications
It's not (Fundamentally) Fair! The Right to Counsel on the Immigration Consequences of Juvenile Misconduct, __ University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy _ (forthcoming 2016).