Daisy Hurst Floyd is University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation at Mercer University School of Law, where she served as Dean from 2004 until 2010. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Alston, Miller, and Gaines, and then served on the faculties of the University of Georgia School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law before coming to Mercer Law School in 2004. She was the recipient of several teaching awards while at Texas Tech, including the Phi Alpha Delta Professor of the Year Award; the New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award; and the Presidents Excellence in Teaching Award. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Caprock Council and featured in the Trailblazers Series by the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.
Professor Floyd is the author of numerous law review articles and is a frequent speaker at academic and law conferences. Her teaching and research interests include Ethics, Legal Education, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. She has a particular interest in the ways in which higher education shapes students’ ethical development and in the possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration within higher education. Professor Floyd was named a Carnegie Scholar by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2001 in support of her research on the development of professional identity among American law students and participated in the Carnegie Foundation’s 2007 study of legal education, William M. Sullivan, et al., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law. She was an invited member of the Foundation’s Life of the Mind for Practice Seminar, focusing on the relationship between liberal education and professional education, whose findings are reported in William M. Sullivan & Matthew S. Rosin, A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping A Life of the Mind for Practice. Recent scholarship includes work on understanding and developing lawyers’ capacities for practical wisdom and on cross-disciplinary perspectives regarding professional formation.
Professor Floyd is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, and the Texas Bar Foundation, and is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia and Texas. She has served on numerous professional committees, including recently as a member of the ABA President’s Council on Diversity in the Profession, the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program Committee, and the Macon Bar Association Advisory Committee. She is a Master of the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court in Macon, Georgia.
She serves as Chair of the Georgia Justice Project-Macon Advisory Committee, which is focused on expanding the innovative work of the Georgia Justice Project in Central Georgia, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, whose mission is to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform.
Professor Floyd is married to Tim Floyd, also a member of the Mercer Law faculty. They have two adult children. Their daughter, Rev. Kate Hurst Floyd, and her husband, Kyle Tau, live in Atlanta. Their son, Will Floyd, and his wife, Alex Rosenberg, live in Los Angeles.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Professor Floyd is teaching Evidence, Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling, Jurisdiction and Judgments, Legal Ethics Seminar, and Public Interest Practicum, as well as leading a discussion section for The Legal Profession.