Landmark gift creates health law chair at Auckland Law School

by Sol Dolor15 Mar 2017
A record gift has helped establish a health law chair at the University of Auckland’s Auckland Law School.

Dr John Mayo has gifted $2m to the university – the largest gift ever given to its law school – facilitating the establishment of the Marylyn and John Mayo Chair in Health Law and Policy.

“As scientific and technological advances continue apace, and government faces pressure to contain expenditure on publicly-funded health care, the development of effective laws and a responsive legal framework, underpinned by sound ethics and evidence-based policy, becomes ever more pressing,” the University of Auckland said.

Mayo has a long history of supporting the law school, including supporting the Marylyn Mayo Rare Book Room at the Davis Law Library, the Marylyn Eve Mayo Endowment Scholarship and the Law School Endowment Fund.

Mayo’s wife, Marylyn, graduated with bachelor degrees in law and arts, one of a small group of female graduates of the university in the 1960s. In addition to private practice, she is known for later becoming an academic at Queensland’s James Cook University.

She was the founding head of the James Cook University School of Law. She was acting dean until 1990 and deputy dean until 1993. She retired in 1996 and died in 2002.

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