James “Heath” Mayo, a 2009 graduate of Whitehouse High School, will receive his Juris Doctor degree at the 317th commencement exercises from Yale Law School at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21.
Mayo graduated as Valedictorian from Whitehouse and went on to earn a Master of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Brown University in 2013. While at Brown, Mayo was a member of the baseball team, earning team MVP, All-Ivy League, and NCAA all-academic honors. He also sang as a member of the Brown Jabberwocks, the school’s oldest a cappella group founded in 1949. During the summers, he worked as an intern for Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and as a summer analyst in the investment banking division of Barclays in Manhattan. As a junior, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as part of the top 1 percent of his class and ultimately finished Brown summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
After Brown, Mayo went to work for Bain & Company in Boston as a management consultant, where he helped some of the country’s largest companies solve their strategic challenges. After two years with Bain, Mayo enrolled at Yale Law School. While at Yale Law, Heath won the Cardozo and Potter Stewart Prizes for outstanding brief writing and oral advocacy in the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals at Yale. He also achieved the prestigious Coker Fellowship, teaching and mentoring a small-group during his third year. He was also a member of the Federalist Society and Projects Editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation. In his two summers during law school, Heath interned for Judge Jeffrey Meyer of the Federal District of Connecticut and worked as corporate summer associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.
Beyond Yale Law School, Mayo traveled to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida to work in support of Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign. Mayo remains highly engaged in political issues and plans to continue his engagement on behalf of conservative causes. After graduation, Mayo plans to continue his career in the private sector and return to Bain & Company as a full-time consultant before entering the law profession.
Mayo is the son of Jim and Staci Horn and Keith and Tana Mayo, all of Whitehouse.