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Professor Malveaux was interviewed by BET inauguration coverage co-anchor Rene Syler at Ben's Chili Bowl, where she said "the excitement and energy was palpable."

Professor Suzette Malveaux Picks Up a Microphone on Inauguration Day

The inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009 also marked an inauguration of a different sort for Catholic University law professor Suzette Malveaux, who made her debut as a political and legal analyst for BET news in its coverage of the historic event.

Broadcasting live from the sidewalk in front of Ben's Chili Bowl, a Washington, D.C. landmark on U St., Malveaux offered her thoughts on the significance of the election of the nation's first African-American president. She also shared her insights about the potential impact the new Obama administration would have on the Supreme Court, the composition of lower courts and on civil rights.

Malveaux is not entirely new to legal commentary, having spent about a year as the Washington legal analyst for the Philadelphia-based Art Fennell Show, broadcast on the Comcast cable network. (Television news appears to run in the family. Her twin sister, Suzanne, is the White House correspondent for CNN and primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.)

Still, Malveaux's appearance on BET as a part of its extensive inaugural coverage reached a much larger audience than her previous television work. Black Entertainment Television (BET) is the nation's leading African-American multi-media entertainment company. Targeted primarily to younger African-Americans, its 24-hour programming line-up is divided into music, entertainment, news and public affairs programming blocks designed to entertain, educate and inform.