Suzette Malveaux Roger D. Groot Professor of Law



Office: 461 Lewis Hall

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Area of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law


JD, New York University

BA, Harvard University


Suzette Malveaux joined W&L Law in 2024 as the Roger D. Groot Professor of Law. She comes to W&L from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was the Moses Lasky Professor of Law and Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. She has taught Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for over two decades. Her scholarship explores the intersection of civil rights and civil procedure, as well as access to justice issues.

Professor Malveaux is a member of the American Law Institute and former Chair of the American Association of Law School's Civil Procedure Section. Professor Malveaux recently received the American Bar Foundation 2024 Outstanding Service Award and the National Civil Justice Institute 2024 Scholarship award. She is co-editor of "A Guide to Civil Procedure: Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives" and co-author of "Class Actions and Other Multi-Party Litigation: Cases and Materials." Her scholarship 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.

Professor 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 victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. federal courts and international courts. She also appeared on behalf of the victims before the U.S. House of Representatives. Professor Malveaux 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 New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar, Associate Editor of the Law Review, and a Fellow in the Center for International Law.