Ellen Suni served as the dean of UMKC School of Law for thirteen years, from 2004 – January 2017. She 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.
Suni has argued appeals, mostly in criminal cases, in the Massachusetts state and federal courts as well as in the Missouri Supreme Court, the Kansas Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit. She was on leave from UMKC 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.
Suni continues to teach courses in 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 previously taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ethics in Criminal Advocacy and Wrongful Convictions and worked with the academic enrichment program.
Areas of expertise
Appellate practice, criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility.