Provost Announces Dean’s Search Committee for Walter F. George School of Law


MACON — Mercer University Provost Wallace L. Daniel has announced the appointment of a search committee to lead the process of recommending a dean for the Walter F. George School of Law to succeed Daisy Hurst Floyd. Dean Floyd, who has led Mercer Law School since 2004, announced in September her intention to step down as dean at the end of the current academic year to become University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation following a sabbatical.

Mercer Law Professor James Fleissner will chair the search committee. Other search committee members include Anthony Baldwin, professor of law; Linda Berger, professor of law; Suzanne Cassidy, professor of law and director of Mercer’s Furman Smith Law Library; Frank C. Jones, a 1950 Mercer law graduate and of counsel at Macon law firm Jones, Cork & Miller; Patrick Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Ethics at Mercer Law School; the Honorable Yvette Miller, a graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and Mercer Law School and chief judge of Georgia Court of Appeals; Katie Phelps, a 1991 Mercer law graduate, Atlanta attorney and member of the Law School Board of Visitors; and Life Trustee Robert L. Steed, a graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and Law School, retired partner with Atlanta law firm King & Spalding, and a trustee of the Woodruff Trust.

“This search committee, composed of law faculty and prominent law alumni, is entrusted with finding the next leader for Mercer’s distinguished law school, one of the oldest in the South, “Dr. Daniel said. “I am confident they will recommend a strong candidate who will ensure that the Walter F. George School of Law builds upon a proud tradition of legal education.”

About Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George 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 about 420 students, taught by some of the sharpest legal minds in the country, Mercer Law School has been listed among the nation’s top law schools and is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public interest, and professionalism and ethics. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit or call (478) 301-5000.