Suzette Malveaux

University of Colorado Law School

Outstanding Service Award

2024 Recipient

Suzette Malveaux is Moses Lasky Professor of Law and Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School.

She is a member of the American Law Institute and former Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Civil Procedure Section. She has taught in the areas of Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, and Constitutional Law for two decades. Her scholarship explores the intersection of civil rights and civil procedure, and access to justice issues. She is co-editor of A Guide to Civil Procedure; Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives (NYU Press, 2022) and co-author of Class Actions and Other Multi-Party Litigation; Cases and Materials (West, 2006, 2012). Her research has been published in the Harvard Law Review Forum, George Washington Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Kansas Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law.

Malveaux was a civil rights attorney and class action specialist prior to joining the academy. For six years, she served as pro bono counsel for the plaintiffs in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma , the constitutional lawsuit filed against Tulsa by victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. As co-counsel, she represented the victims before the U.S. federal courts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the U.S. House of Representatives. Malveaux also represented over 1.5 million women alleging gender discrimination against Wal-Mart, the largest employment discrimination case to date.

Professor Malveaux graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar, Associate Editor of the Law Review and Center for International Law Fellow.