Cozen O’Connor Attorney Assists in Completion of Study on Higher Education

Friday, November 30, 2012

Philadelphia, November 30, 2012 – Cozen O’Connor, a top 100 U.S. law firm, is pleased to announce that Suzanne S. Mayes, a member in the firm’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the Public & Project Finance practice group, was selected to participate as a commissioner in a study conducted by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education. The Commission’s nine-month study was completed this month, submitting 19 key recommendations for improving educational and training choices for the future.

The Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education was made up of 31 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, both in education and the private sector. During the course of its study, the commission held several public meetings across the state, encouraging input from the public on issues that are important and suggestions for improvement of Pennsylvania’s already vibrant, diverse, and high quality postsecondary education system.

“I was honored to be selected as a commissioner and to contribute to Governor Corbett’s study to continue to improve Pennsylvania’s top-notch postsecondary educational opportunities,” Mayes said. “We strived to be receptive to what is important to students and their parents right now, and I believe we were very successful.”

Ms. Mayes focuses her national practice on municipal and project finance law, including economic development, transportation, government, education and single, multi-family and senior housing. Suzanne also works with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, advocating for clients with decision-makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government. Among many other bar and association leadership roles, Ms. Mayes is a founding member of the board of directors of Ladies First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and networking opportunities for female public finance professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

She is a member of the board of directors of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and is also a Past President of that institution’s Alumnae Association. In addition, she serves as a member of the Forum of Executive Women board of directors, as well as a member of the advisory board of BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools). She is a former member of the board of trustees of Manor College.

Mayes received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Fairfield University.

For more information about the commission and to review the report findings in full, visit

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