Daisy Hurst Floyd is University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation and served as Dean of the Law School from 2004 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2017. She came to Mercer in 2004 after serving on the faculties of the University of Georgia School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law. Professor Floyd is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia and Texas and is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, and the Texas Bar Foundation.
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, Evidence, and Remedies. 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.
Recent research projects have focused on professional identity development of lawyers. She is the co-author of a 2019 book, The Formation of Professional Identity: The Path From Student to Lawyer, and is currently working on a book tentatively entitled, The Lawyers We Need: The Professional Identity of the American Lawyer, scheduled for publication by Carolina Academic Press in the Fall of 2022.
Professor Floyd was raised in Savannah, Georgia, received both the B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is married to Professor Tim Floyd, her college and law school classmate. They have two children and three grandchildren.