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Teresa S. Thomas

For immediate release:
August 1, 2002

Carnegie Mellon University Announces Appointment of Mary Jo Dively as General Counsel

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Mary Jo Dively, a partner at the law firm Reed Smith and a nationally recognized expert in information law, as vice president and general counsel. Dively joins the university on September 1, 2002.

"Mary Jo Dively is a great match for Carnegie Mellon University. As an acknowledged leader in the field of information law and its many aspects, her expertise will enable her to make significant contributions to the university," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon.

While at Reed Smith, Dively led the establishment of the firm's new practice group in Technology, Media and Communications and was a partner in the firm's Corporate & Securities Group. She has concentrated her practice at the forefront of developing e-commerce law and the transition of traditional business to e-business.

"Carnegie Mellon is fortunate to have such a talented attorney in Mary Jo, and although we will miss our daily contact with her, we are excited about continuing to work with her as a client. We wish her great success as she enters this new phase in her career," said Reed Smith Managing Partner Greg Jordan. Dively lectures frequently on legal issues affecting electronic commerce and information law and she is an active member of the American Bar Association's committees addressing those issues.

An active volunteer in the Pittsburgh community, she has been a member of the Children's Hospital Board of Trustees since 1994 and currently is the board chair. She is also a member of the UPMC Health System Board of Trustees and serves on its executive and information technology committees.

"I am honored to join an institution that has had a special importance for western Pennsylvania since its founding and has in recent years been acknowledged as one of the world's leading universities," Dively said.

Dively is a member of the American Bar Association and chairs its Subcommittee on Information Contracting. She also serves on its working group on electronic contracting. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. A Kansas native, Dively earned undergraduate degrees in English and journalism from the University of Kansas.

Dively is a resident of Pittsburgh's Fox Chapel neighborhood. She and her husband, Lane, are parents to seven-year-old triplet boys.


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