Mayo Moran (born June 2, 1959) is a Canadian lawyer and academic. From 2006 to 2014, she was Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. She was the first female dean of that faculty. In addition, since 2014, she has been Provost of Trinity College, Toronto.
Moran is a native of the Canadian province of British Columbia. She was born on June 2, 1959 to Bridget Moran, an author, and Pat Moran.
Moran completed her LL.B. at McGill University (1990) and subsequently obtained an LL.M. from the University of Michigan (1992) and an S.J.D. from the University of Toronto (1999). She attended the University of British Columbia for her B.A. (1980, English and Sociology) and teacher training (1981) and subsequently taught at a secondary school in Prince George, British Columbia before attending law school.
Moran has published extensively in comparative constitutional law, private law, and legal and feminist theory. She has previously worked on cases involving claims under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality guarantee and redress for historic injustice such as the Chinese Canadian Head Tax claim. She currently teaches first-year tort law at the Faculty of Law.
She has been Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto since January 1, 2006, the first ever female dean of the Faculty of Law. She replaced former dean Ronald J. Daniels, who went on to become President of Johns Hopkins University. On July 1, 2014, she joined Trinity College, Toronto as the 15th Provost, replacing Andy Orchard. He had taken up the position of Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.
At the University of Toronto, she serves as Chair of the Deans of Single Departmental Faculties, and is a member of numerous committees including the Provost's Executive Committee and the President's Special Advisory Committee on Asset Management.
As Dean, Moran regards upgrading the physical building of the Law School as her biggest challenge, along with budgetary considerations. In 2011, Moran summarised her life:
I ... try to write and publish at least one piece a year, and to present at a couple of conferences. And I supervise graduate students, and spend time with my son, and teach a large first-year Torts class. People always tell me to give up teaching, but I love it too much. The students are so smart and so much fun!"
She has also served outside the University of Toronto in various capacities including as an External Reviewer of University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Since 2007 she has also been the Chair of the Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee that assists in the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Agreement.