Thomas Wm. Mayo
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law
Following graduation, Professor Mayo was an associate with the Rochester, New York, firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody, LLP) and then served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then practiced with the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington & Burling in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, election law, and communications. In addition to his position at SMU, Professor Mayo is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and is the immediate-past Director of SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility (2005-10). He is a co-founder of the Legal Hospice of Texas, the state's first pro bono legal clinic for persons with HIV/AIDS and terminal illnesses. He is a founding Fellow and past board member of the American Health Lawyers Association, past board member and editor of the Medical Humanities Series of the SMU Press, a Fellow in the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, a long-time member of the Council of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and a recipient of the Dallas Medical Society’s Heath Award for his contributions to medicine and leadership in Dallas County. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2012 and was the poetry columnist for the Dallas Morning News from 1998-2008.
Professor Mayo has taught Administrative Law, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Federal Courts, and Land Use and currently teaches Bioethics & Law; Health Care Law; Law, Literature & Medicine; Nonprofit Organizations; Legislation; and Torts. He has received the law school's outstanding teacher award three times, as well as the University's outstanding volunteer award for for community service, President's Associate award as the outstanding member of the tenured faculty, and the Altshuler Distinguised Teaching Award. He has given nearly 300 public lectures on health-law-related subjects and been quoted in over 1,000 media stories around the world.