Professor Suzette Malveaux was appointed to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Columbus School of Law effective August, 2012. She teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Civil Rights Law and Fair Employment Law. Prior to joining Catholic University in 2006, she taught at the University of Alabama School of Law for three years. Malveaux served as director of Catholic University's Law and Public Policy Program during the fall semester, 2008.
Malveaux co-authored the casebook, "Class Actions and Other Multi-Party Litigation; Cases and Materials," 3d edition, West Group (2006 & 2012), and has published numerous law review articles that explore the intersection of civil procedure and civil rights. Malveaux has presented at dozens of conferences on the subject.
She is frequently consulted by the media to provide commentary on various legal issues involving the Supreme Court, the civil legal system and civil rights. Appearances include CNN, MSNBC and the PBS NewsHour. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The National Law Journal, and the Congressional Quarterly, and her work has been recommended by various blogs.
For six years, Malveaux also served as pro bono counsel to the plaintiffs in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma, a suit filed against Tulsa by victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Malveaux – along with a team of attorneys – represented the riot victims before the United States federal courts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States) and the U.S. House of Representatives. Her work has been featured in various documentaries and news outlets, and at conferences.
Prior to academia, Malveaux was a class action litigation specialist who appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued before the 11th Circuit. She practiced law in Washington, D.C. for eight years at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. and at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs.
Malveaux graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Law Review, Root-Tilden Scholar, International Fellow, AAUW Fellow, LDF Earl Warren Scholar and Research Assistant.
Malveaux enjoys traveling and running. She regularly runs marathons and other races for various charities.
Research and Writing
- Class actions and other multiparty litigation: cases and materials, St. Paul, Minn: West Group (3d ed. 2012) (co-authored with Dean Robert H. Klonoff & Professor Edward K.M. Bilich), with annual update and teacher’s manual.
- How Goliath Won: The Future Implications of Dukes v. Wal-Mart, 106 NW L. Rev.Colloquy 34-52 (2011), available at http://www.law.northwestern.edu/lawreview/colloquy/2011/18/.
- Class Actions at the Crossroads: An Answer to Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 5 Harvard L. & Policy Rev. 375-414 (Summer 2011).
- Front Loading and Heavy Lifting; How Pre-Dismissal Discovery Can Address the Detrimental Effect of Iqbal on Civil Rights Cases, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev.65 (2010).
- Is it the “Real Thing”? How Coke’s One-Way Binding Arbitration May Bridge the Divide Between Litigation and Arbitration, 2009 J. Disp. Resol. 77.
- Statutes of Limitations: A Policy Analysis in the Context of Reparations Litigation, 74 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 68 (2005).
- Fighting to Keep Employment Discrimination Class Actions Alive: How Allison v. Citgo’s Predomination Requirement Threatens to Undermine Title VII Enforcement, 26 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. Law 405 (2005).
Research available at SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=379959
In Her Words ...
“The legal system is not a level playing field. When we can help equalize things, we should."
Office: 400 Law School
Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1988
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