MACON – Mercer University School of Law Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd today announced a $1 million commitment from L. Lin Wood, ’74 CLA and ’77 LAW, which will result in the creation of the L. Lin Wood Fund for the Enhancement of Mercer Law School.
“Lin Wood is a loyal alum who never forgot the role Mercer played in helping him lay a foundation for his future success as a lawyer,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “I am grateful for his investment in the Law School and in the students who will benefit from a Mercer legal education.”
The L. Lin Wood Fund will support and enhance the programs and activities of the Law School. The Law School's trial courtroom will be named in honor of Wood at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.
“Lin has used his legal talent and skills to make a meaningful difference in the lives of his clients and to seek justice, representing the best of the legal profession. His commitment recognizes the importance of a Mercer Law School education and our mission to prepare our students for lives of service and fulfillment as lawyers,” said Floyd. “This level of support for the law school will allow us to continue our legacy of service, innovation, and excellence for future generations of Mercer lawyers. We are deeply grateful for Lin's generosity.”
“Mercer Law School provided me with an excellent foundation for the exercise of the privilege of engaging in the practice of law to zealously pursue justice. As a result, I have been privileged to represent many unique and worthwhile clients for more than 38 years,” said Wood. “It is now my privilege to give back to Mercer Law School as an expression of my appreciation and more importantly, to support the school in its ongoing efforts to educate and train the next generation of lawyers essential to the continued viability of our system of justice.”
Wood was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was raised in Macon. He graduated cum laude from Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts in 1974 and cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Mercer Law School in 1977.
Wood has more than 38 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on civil litigation, representing individuals and corporations as plaintiffs or defendants in tort and business cases involving claims of significant damage, including False Claims Act cases. He has extensive experience in First Amendment/defamation litigation and management of the media in high-profile cases. His clients have included Richard Jewell, John and Patsy Ramsey, Herman Cain, Dr. Phil McGraw, Sheldon Adelson, Former Congressman Gary Condit, and Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway.
Wood resides in Atlanta and has four children.
About Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of more than 400 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit law.mercer.edu or call (478) 301