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May 31, 2001


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DALLAS (SMU) - Tom Mayo, associate professor at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law, has been named to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Mayo also will serve as secretary of the AHLA and chair of the association's Public Interest Committee.

The AHLA is the largest and is considered the most influential of the nation's health law organizations, with approximately 9,000 members in private practice, government and higher education. AHLA is a nonprofit educational organization whose outreach to the public is primarily through its Public Interest Committee.

Mayo teaches courses in health care law and regulation, bioethics, medical and legal humanities, family law, administrative law, and legislation. A nationally recognized expert in health care law, Mayo has written more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters on such subjects as the legal implications of AIDS, abortion, right to die, neurosurgical ethics, medical futility, pediatric end-of-life care, health care fraud and abuse, surrogate parenting and patient's rights.

In addition to teaching at SMU, Mayo is an adjunct associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In 1989, he co-founded the Dallas Legal Hospice, Texas' first pro bono legal aid clinic for persons with AIDS and other terminal diseases. Mayo also serves on the ethics committees of several area hospitals and co-chairs the committees at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children's Medical Center.

Mayo is of counsel to the Dallas law firm Hayes and Boone, L.L.P.