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Ellen Y. Suni

Dean, Marvin Lewis Rich Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

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Dean Ellen Suni received her bachelor of arts from City College of New York in 1970 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, both magna cum laude. While at Boston University, she was active in the Moot Court program and did pro bono work on a Title VII race discrimination case. After graduation, Suni worked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as law clerk to the chief justice and as deputy legal assistant to the justices. She then directed the legal writing program at Boston University School of Law and served as assistant dean until she joined the UMKC faculty in 1980.

Dean Suni was on leave during the 1987-88 academic year to serve as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. She has authored several articles and book chapters in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility of attorneys.

Dean Suni continues to teach the courses Professional Responsibility and Appellate Advocacy, co-advise the Moot Court program and serve as an instructor in the Law School’s innovative solo and small firm courses. She also teaches the courses Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ethics in Criminal Advocacy and Wrongful Convictions and works with the academic enrichment program.

Areas of expertise

Moot court, criminal law, professional responsibility






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