• Full-Time Faculty
  • Thomas Wm. Mayo

  • Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Thomas Wm. Mayo

  • Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law

Thomas Wm. Mayo

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • 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.
  • Education

    • B.A., Amherst College
      J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
  • Courses

    • Law and Medicine: Health Care
      Torts
      Law and Medicine: Bioethics
      Public Health Law and Ethics
      Law, Literature and Medicine
      Nonprofit Organizations
      Legislation
       
  • Books

    • TELEMEDICINE: SURVEY AND ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS (AHLA, March 2007) (co-authored)
  • Book Chapters

    • Bioechics, in FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH LAW (AHLA, 6th ed., 2014)

      Twyla Tharp Goes to Law School:  On the Use of the Visual and Performing Arts in Professional Education, in  BEYOND TEXT IN LEGAL EDUCATION -- VOL. II:  THE MORAL IMAGINATION AND THE LEGAL LIFE (Ashgate Press, 2012)

      Futility:  My Life, in THE PICTURE OF HEALTH:  MEDICAL ETHICS AND THE MOVIES (H. Colt, S. Quadrelli & L. Friedman, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press 2011)

      Bioethics, in HEALTH LAW PRACTICE GUIDE (Gosfield et al., eds., 3d ed. 2011)

      Bioethics, in  FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH LAW (5th ed., 2011)

      Bioethics, in HEALTH LAW PRACTICE GUIDE (Gosfield et al., eds., 2d ed. 2009)

      Bioethics, in FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH LAW 411-430 (4th ed. 2008)

      Living Greatly in the Law:  Three Lessons, in  LAW, CULTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVLOPMMENT:  A LIBER AMICORUM FOR PROFESSOR ROBERTO MacLEAN, CBE, STUDIES SERIES IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL ECONOMIC, AND TECHNOLOGY LAW (Vol 8 2007: Successor to the Yearbook of International Financial and Economic Law)

      Ethical Aspects of Neurosurgical Practice, in TEXTBOOK OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY, Batjer & Loftus, eds. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002) (with Howard Morgan, M.D.)

      Bioethics, in FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH LAW (3d ed., 2004)

      Bioethics, in FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH LAW (2d ed., 2000)

      Determination of Death:  Legal and Ethical Issues, in ESSENTIALS OF PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE (Levin & Morriss, 2d ed., 1997)

      Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment:  Legal Issues, in ESSENTIALS OF PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE (Levin & Morriss, 2d ed., 1997)

      Section Editor, SECTION 15, Ethical and Legal Issues, in ESSENTIALS OF PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE (Levin & Morriss, 2d ed., 1997) (8 chapters)

      Fifth Circuit, in SANCTIONS UNDER RULE 11 AND OTHER POWERS (ABA 2d ed. 1988) (covering period from 1985-1987)

      Fifth Circuit, in SANCTIONS UNDER RULE 11 AND OTHER POWERS (ABA 1986) (covering period from 1983-1985)
       
  • Other Publications

    • Health Care Law, Survey of Texas Law, 63 SMU Law Review 607 (2010) (coauthored)

      Health Care Law, Survey of Texas Law, 62 SMU Law Review 1245-66 (2009) (co-authored)

      Active Surveillance Cultures and Contact Precautions for Control of Multidrug-Resistent Organisms:  Ethical Considerations, 47 Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases 110-16 (2008) (coauthored)

      Managing and Reporting Community Incidents:  Ethical Considerations, 25 Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 937 (Oct. 2006)

      Getting Political with Science, 13 SMU Research 21 (2006)

      Medical Futility in the NICU:  Hope for a Resolution, 116 Pediatrics 1219 (2005) (with Robert L. Fine et al.)

      Health Insurance and Cardiac Transplantation:  A Call for Reform, 45 Journal of American College of Cardiology 1388 (2005) (with Louise P. King et al.)

      U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether HMOs Can Be Sued for Negligent Treatment Decisions, 8 Mealey’s Managed Care Liability Report 26-29 (March 2004)

      Commentary, Changing Professional Values, 22 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 1096-1098 (Dec. 2003)

      Health Care Law, Survey of Texas Law, 56 SMU Law Review 1767-1782 (2003)

      Resolution of Futility by Due Process:  Early Experience with the Texas Advance Directives Act, ACT, 138 Annals of Internal Medicine 743-746 (May 2003) (with Robert Fine, M.D.)

      U.S. Supreme Court to Review Kentucky's "Any Willing Provider Law," Mealey’s Managed Care Report (2002)

      "Health Law," Survey of Texas Law, 55 SMU Law Review 1113 (2002)

      “Health Law,” Survey of Texas Law, 53 SMU Law Review 1101 (2000)

      Symposium on Statutory Interpretation:  Forward, 53 SMU Law Review (2000)

      Qui Tam on the Lam:  Fifth Circuit Fire the First Salvo - Will the Supreme Court Be Next?, Matthew Bender Health Care Law Monthly (Dec. 1999)

      Life-and-Death Decisions, 75 Texas Medicine 64 (Nov. 1999) (with Robert Fine, M.D.)

      “Health Law," Survey of Texas Law, 52 SMU Law Review 1259 (1999)

      Texas' New Physician Collection Bargaining Statute - Helping to Fatten Physicians' Wallets and Make Patients' Leaner, Matthew Bender Health Care Law Monthly 3 (Sept. 1999)

      Treatment Alternatives for the Dying Patient:  Medical Ethics and the Law, 11 Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 175 (1998) (with Robert Fine, M.D.)

      “Health Law,” Survey of Texas Law, 50 SMU Law Review 1275 (with Max Maxwell, 1997)

       
  • Presentations

    • Medical Futility in Texas: Myths and Misconceptions
      Ethics Grand Rounds
      UT-Southwestern Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (April 8, 2014)

      Medical Futility: Back to the Future? Or Déjà vu All Over Again?
      Annual Bioethics Grand Rounds
      Ochsner Health System
      New Orleans,LA (November 26, 2013)

      Donation after Circulatory Death: A Lesson in How Not to Make Medico-Legal Policy
      Inaugural Stuart Reuter Lecture
      Annual Meeting, American College of Legal Medicine
      Dallas, TX (February 28, 2014)

      Practical and Ethical Aspects of DCD
      Kidney Transplant and Dialysis Update 2013
      UT-Southwestern Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (September 13, 2013)

      Medical Futility in Texas: It Ain't All That It's Cracked Up To Be (And That Might Be a Good Thing)
      Pedi-Hope 2013
      Texas Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium
      Austin, TX (August 9, 2013)

      Health Care in [the Supreme] Court: The Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act on Trial UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Dallas, TX (November 15, 2011)

      The Trustee's Challenge: Mission, Money and Medicine
      Annual Meeting, Texas Healthcare Trustees
      Fort Worth, TX (July 29, 2011)

      End-of-life Decisions: What Patients and Families Need to Know
      43rd Annual Haltalin Seminar
      Children's Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (April 29, 2011)

      Is There a Duty to Die in Texas?
      University of Texas at Dallas
      Dallas, TX (March 29, 2011)

      Advance Directives: Crossing the T's, Dotting the I's, and Minding your P's & Q's
      The Senior Source
      Dallas, TX (January 5, 2011)

      Professionalism & Poetry
      Intersections: Literature + Medicine
      Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital & SMU
      Dallas, TX (October 15, 2010)

      Is Brain Death Dead?
      Annual Meeting, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
      San Antonio, TX (March 6, 2010)

      Is There a Duty to Die in Texas?
      Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium
      Austin College
      Sherman, TX (February 23, 2010)

      Physician Misconduct: Ethical and Legal Considerations
      Ethics Grand Rounds
      UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Dallas, TX (February 9, 2010)

      National Health Insurance: Prospects & Pressure Points
      UT-Southwestern Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (July 28, 2009)

      Twyla Tharp Goes to Law School: Incorporating Dance (and Painting and Sculpture) in a Course on Professionalism
      Beyond Text
      University of Edinburgh School of Law
      Edinburgh, Scotland (June 21, 2009)

      Death & Dying: Ethics & Law
      Leadership Dallas
      Dallas Chamber of Commerce
      Dallas, TX (March 6, 2009)

      Futile Care Debate and Baby Doe: Resolving difficult cases when further treatment may be considered futile
      Georgia State Law Review Symposium
      “The 25th Anniversary of the Baby Doe Rules: Perspectives from the Fields of Law, Health Care, Ethics, and Disability Policy,”
      Atlanta, GA (February 13, 2009)

      Ethical and Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Decision-making
      American Health Lawyers Association
      Annual Hospitals and Health Systems Program
      Phoenix, AZ (February 10, 2009)

      Teaching Health Law Through Literature
      Panelist
      American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics’ 31st Annual Health Law Professors Conference
      Philadelphia, PA (June 6, 2008)

      The Future of Medical Futility in Texas After the Schiavo Case
      Grand Rounds
      Department of Pediatrics
      Children’s Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (May 14, 2008)

      The Texas Advance Directive Act: A Futile Law?
      Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies
      Honolulu, HI (May 5, 2008)

      Introduction to End-of-Life Decision-making for Elder Law Attorneys
      Advanced Elder Law Course
      State Bar of Texas
      (March 6, 2008)

      Ethical and Legal Aspects of Uncompensated Care
      2008 Spring Orientation and Workshop: Money, Mission, & Medicine
      Texas Healthcare Trustees
      Dallas, TX (February 29, 2008)

      The End-of-Life: Ethical Issues for Surgeons
      Annual Meeting,
      North Texas Chapter, American College of Surgeons
      Dallas, TX (February 23, 2008)

      Legal and Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Decision-making for Children with Neuromuscular Disease
      30th Annual Carrell-Krusen Neuromuscular Symposium
      Dallas, TX (February 20, 2008)

      Notifying the Patient and Their Family of Medical Error
      Denton Regional Medical Center
      Denton, TX (February 8, 2008)

      The Future of Medical Futility in Texas After the Schiavo Case
      Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Grand Rounds
      Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
      Dallas, TX (January 29, 2008)

      An Introduction to End-of-Life Decisions for Probate and Estate Lawyers
      Dallas Bar Association
      Probate, Estate, and Trust Section
      Dallas, TX (January 22, 2008)

      The Future of End-of-Life Decision-making in Texas
      Department of Urology Grand Rounds
      UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Dallas, TX (January 11, 2008)

      The Texas Advance Directives Act: Legal and Ethical Update
      2nd Annual End of Life Care Conference
      Legal Hospice of Texas
      Plano, TX (September 28, 2007)

      End-of-Life Decision-making in Texas after the Schiavo Case
      CSI Dallas: Social Workers in Health Care/Annual Social Work Conference
      Presbyterian Hospital
      Dallas, TX (September 21, 2007)

      Medical Futility and Texas Law
      Medical Ethics and Humanities Seminar
      Department of Neurology
      UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Dallas, TX (June 26, 2007)

      Legislative and Case Law Update on Futility and Advanced Directives Law
      Annual Meeting, State Bar of Texas
      San Antonio, TX (June 22, 2007)

      Town Hall Meeting: Is Uncontrolled DCD An Untapped Resource for Those Waiting on the List?
      Panelist
      Annual Meeting, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
      Dallas, TX (June 15, 2007)

      Neonatal Bioethics
      Grand Rounds
      Neonatal Intensive Care Department
      Parkland Memorial Hospital
      Dallas, TX (June 14, 2007)

      Medical Futility at End of Life
      Dallas Internists’ Club
      UT-Southwestern Medical Center
      Dallas, TX (May 3, 2007)

      Treating Eating Disorders: The Ethical and Legal Thicket
      8th Annual Professional Symposium for the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders
      The Elisa Project
      Dallas, TX (April 20, 2007)

      Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices
      Ethics Discussion Forum
      Children's Medical Center of Dallas
      Dallas, TX  (April 4, 2007)

      Legal and Ethical Aspects of Advance Directives
      Medical Humanities Consultation
      Department of Medical Humanities
      Texas A&M Medical School
      Salado, TX (March 19, 2007)

      Medical Privacy: DOA?
      The Institute for the Humanities at Salado
      Salado, TX (March 18, 2007)

      Mission, Money, and Medicine
      Leadership Dallas healthcare program
      Dallas, TX (March 2, 2007)

      Medical Futility at End of Life
      Hermann Memorial Hospital
      Beaumont, TX (February 1, 2007)

      Ethics of Clinical Decision Making Under Extreme Conditions: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina
      Children’s Medical Center Dallas
      Dallas, TX (January 4, 2007)
      (with Robert Bash, M.D.)

      'Doing What . . . And for Whom?,' Navigating End-of-Life Decision-Making
      Parkland Nursing Leadership Academy
      Dallas, TX (December 11, 2006)
      (with John Sadler, M.D., and Katherine Delaney, M.D.)

      Litigating Disputes Over Medical Treatment of Minors
      Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys Seminar
      Dallas, TX (November 11, 2006)

      Medical Futility
      Parkland Memorial Hospital Leadership Breakfast
      Dallas, TX (November 9, 2006)
      (with John Sadler, M.D.)

      Anatomy of an Ethics Consult
      Ethics Discussion Forum
      Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
      Dallas, TX (November 2, 2006)

      End-of-Life Decision-making After the Schiavo Case
      Annual Meeting, Texas Society for Social Work Leaders in Health Care
      Dallas, TX (October 27, 2006)

      Public Policy and Research in Science and Medicine
      Lecture in Regulatory and Public Policy Considerations in Research (BSCI 520304)
      UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
      Dallas, TX (August 8, 2006)

      The Trustee's Challenge: Mission, Money, and Medicine
      Texas Healthcare Trustees
      San Antonio, TX (August 5, 2006)

      Responding to a pandemic: ethical and public health challenges
      Panel discussion
      UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Seventh Annual Critical Care Conference
      Dallas, TX (May 4, 2006)

      End-of-Life Decision Making
      Baylor University Medical Center
      Great American Health Care Challenge
      Dallas, TX (April 29, 2006)

      Darwin, Intelligent Design, and Mr. Jefferson's Wall
      Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, "The Meaning & Value of Life: Evolutionary Biology and Intelligent Design,"
      Dallas, TX (March 22 & 29 and April 5, 2006)

      The Ethics of Espionage
      Prestonwood Rotary Club
      Dallas, TX (March 30, 2006)

      Intro to Health Law and Medical Ethics
      Panel discussion
      Health Journalism 2006: National Conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists
      Houston, TX (March 17, 2006)
      (with William Winslade, Ph.D.) 

      Privacy, the Constitution, and Your Health
      Panelist
      Planned Parenthood of North Texas
      Fort Worth, TX (February 27, 2006)

      DNR, Futility, and the Future after Schiavo
      National Teleconference
      Defense Research Institute
      (January 31, 2006)

      Doing What . . . and for Whom? Navigating End-of-Life Decision-making
      Ethics Grand Rounds
      UT-Southwestern Medical School
      Dallas, TX (January 10, 2006)
      (with Kathleen Delaney, M.D., and John Sadler, M.D.) 

      Medicine, Literature & Ethics
      Ethics Discussion Forum
      Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
      Dallas, TX (January 4, 2006)
  • Media

    • Interview
      KERA-FM, “Think” program
      Dallas, TX (February 6, 2007)