When The Punishment Never Ends – A Panel Discussion

When The Punishment Never Ends

Host David Bell brings together a panel to talk about the collateral consequences of criminal convictions on defendants and their families. Next, they explore the various initiatives underway from pretrial diversion to drug court to the newly-enacted Missouri law on expungement and details of an expungement Clinic to be held by the UMKC School of Law.

On today’s panel are local Bishop Eric D. Morrison of the New Vision World Wide Fellowship of Churches, Dion Sankar, Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor and Ellen Suni, the Dean emeritus of the UMKC School of Law.

Bishop Morrison graduated from Western Baptist Bible College with an Associates degree in Biblical Studies and has also received an Associates and Bachelors degree in Christian Education and Pastoral Theology from Heart of America Theological Seminary. Bishop Morrison is a son of Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church and after receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1992, announced his call to preach the gospel in 1994 and became Pastor in 2000. Bishop Morrison is the 3rd Ecclesiastical Bishop under the Leadership of Apostle Larry B. Aiken, Overseer of New Vision World Wide Fellowship of Churches.

Dion Sankar, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Sankar is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney who serves on the Executive Staff of the elected Prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker. In that role, he is the Program Manager for Drug Court and supervises the Diversion programs for the Prosecutor’s Office

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.

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