Mayo Moran

Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Topics: Business
Interview Date: April-16-2013
Extraordinary Insights: Be brave and not afraid to tackle challenges that seem insurmountable. When I've taken a chance and done something I was uncertain I could do, is when I've made the biggest step forward.

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Professor Mayo Moran is Dean of the Faculty of Law (and the first female Dean).  She obtained a B.A (1980, English and Sociology) and B.Ed.. (1981) at the University of British Columbia and taught secondary school in northern British Columbia before attending law school.  She completed her LL.B. at McGill University (1990), her LL.M. at the University of Michigan (1992) and her S.J.D at the University of Toronto (1999).  In 1995 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto and she became Associate Professor in 2000. Dean Moran served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law from January 2000 to July 2003.  In 2006 she was appointed Dean and James Marshall Tory Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto, and the appointment was renewed for another term starting in 2011.

Dean Moran teaches in both private and public law. She teaches torts in the first year curriculum and trusts in the upper year.  In addition she has taught courses on comparative constitutional equality, fault and responsibility, and trends in the legal profession.  Dean Moran has also organized intensive weeks for the first-year class including one entitled Redressing Historic Injustice.  She also supervises students in the graduate program, including both individual students and recently a group of graduate students working on transitional justice issues in the Indian residential schools context.

Dean Moran has published in private law, comparative constitutional law and legal and feminist theory. Her book Rethinking the Reasonable Person was published in 2003 by Oxford University Press. In 2005, she was co-editor with Prof. David Dyzenhaus of Calling Power to Account: Law, Reparations and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax Case, a book of essays published by the University of Toronto Press. Dean Moran's academic work focuses on problems of responsibility and the interaction of private and public law.  She is currently writing on the limits and possibilities of law, particularly private law, in redressing widespread historic wrongdoing.  Dean Moran frequently speaks on these and other issues and has also organized a number of conferences on topics including equality, historic injustice and reparations, and residential schools.