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Ellen Suni

UMKC School of Law

Ellen Suni is professor and dean emerita at UMKC School of Law. She taught criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, and appellate advocacy, and she was dean from 2004-2017.

Prof. Suni helped create, and co-directs, the Missouri Clear My Record (CMR) Expungement Project. Following her retirement in 2019, she created and directs the UMKC Expungement Clinic, serving people seeking expungement who can’t afford representation. She also leads a grant working to make expungement in Missouri more fair, effective, and accessible.

Prof. Suni is committed to improving access to justice. She co-chaired two innovative conferences on law schools, technology, and access to justice, and she has helped develop programs to assist traditionally underserved people impacted by the legal system, including the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center, KC Youth Court, and the Midwest Innocence Project.

Prof. Suni received her Juris Doctor from Boston University and a B.A. from City College of New York. She began her career as law clerk to the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.