Suzette M. Malveaux

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Suzette M. Malveaux (born December 4, 1966) is professor of law and former associate dean of academic affairs at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She currently serves as director of the Byron R. White Center at the University of Colorado Law School. She is a nationally recognized expert on civil rights law and class action litigation, who has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.[1]


Malveaux was born in Lansing, Michigan, into a family of Creole descent.[2] Her father, Floyd J. Malveaux, is the former dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University; he is currently the executive director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network and a founder of Howard University's National Human Genome Center.[3][4] Her mother, the former Myrna Maria Ruiz, is a retired early childhood educator.[5] She is the identical twin sister of CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.[6]

Early life, education, and training[edit]

Malveaux is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University (Class of 1988). At NYU Law School, she graduated in 1994 as a Root Tilden Public Service Law scholar from where she was also Associate Editor of the Law Review and was a Center for International Law Fellow. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[1]


As a practicing attorney, Malveaux specialized in class action litigation, representing plaintiffs in such high-profile cases as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes and Alexander, et al., v. Oklahoma, et al.[7][8] The latter was a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims of Tulsa race riot of 1921.[1]

In 2003, Malveaux began her teaching career at the University of Alabama School of Law. She joined the faculty of the Columbus School of Law in 2006.[1]

Malveaux is a frequent commentator on various legal issues involving the U.S. Supreme Court, the civil legal system, and civil rights. Media outlets in which she has appeared include CNN,[6] MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, and the PBS Newshour. She has also been interviewed by The New York Times,[8] The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Suzette M. Malveaux – Professor of Law". The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Retrieved 10 Aug 2015.
  2. ^ "Malveaux: New Orleans family longs to feel at home again -". CNN. August 29, 2007. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  3. ^ "Appointments, Tenure Decisions, and Promotions of African Americans in Higher Education", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 8 (Summer, 1995), pp. 106-108
  4. ^ "Floyd Malveaux Biography - Earned His Ph.D. and M.D., Studied Allergies and Asthma - University, Research, Howard, and Health - JRank Articles". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  5. ^ "The Malveaux Family".
  6. ^ a b Martel, Frances (30 June 2010). "The Situation Room Sees Double With Suzanne Malveaux And Her Twin Sister". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 10 August 2015. Today, filling in for host Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux discussed the developments in Elena Kagan‘s Congressional hearings with Catholic University Columbia Law School professor Suzette Malveaux— her twin sister.
  7. ^ Rogers, Melissa (24 Aug 2011). "Meet Suzette Malveaux: Civil Rights Lawyer". American Association of University Women (AAUW). Retrieved 10 August 2015. ... Malveaux believes we have a lot to learn from Wal-Mart v. Dukes, not only in terms of how discrimination works but also about what it takes to achieve justice.
  8. ^ a b Liptak, Adam (2 April 2011). "When a Lawsuit Is Too Big". The New York Times. New York, New York. Retrieved 10 August 2015. Suzette M. Malveaux, a law professor at Catholic University in Washington, agreed that class actions have an important role to play in many cases, particularly those involving fraud and discrimination.

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