Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy & Director of Experiential Education, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Timothy W. Floyd is Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy and Director of Experiential Education. His responsibilities in the Experiential Education Program include supervision of clinics, externships, trial practice, and other skills classes. He also teaches a variety of courses in criminal law and in legal ethics.
Floyd has published two books and is the author of numerous articles in the area of legal ethics, law and religion, and criminal law and the death penalty. He served as editor of the Faith and Law Symposium issue of the Texas Tech Law Review, and he is the co-editor of the book Can A Good Christian Be A Good Lawyer? Homilies, Witnesses, and Reflections. He is currently completing a book entitled Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross: Reflections on Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty.
Floyd’s service activities emphasize access to justice issues and lawyer professionalism. He is currently the Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Justice Project.. He was previously a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia Equal Justice Commission Civil Justice Committee, the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Council for Restorative Justice. He was on original member of the Supreme Court of Texas Access to Justice Commission, he chaired the Supreme Court of Texas Lawyer Grievance Oversight Committee, and he was one of the principal drafters of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.
Floyd has a particular interest in the law, policy, and morality of the death penalty. He has represented several defendants in death penalty cases, including Louis Jones, Jr., the first person convicted under the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1994. Floyd’s representation in that case included an appearance in the United States Supreme Court and a petition for executive clemency to the President. He served on the Georgia Assessment Team of the ABA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Project.
He received B.A and M.A. from Emory University and his J.D from the University of Georgia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and practiced law with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. He began his career in legal education in 1982 at the University of Georgia School of Law, as Associate Director and then Director of the Legal Aid Clinic. He was on the faculty of Texas Tech University School of Law from 1989 to 2004, becoming the J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law and Co-Director of Clinical Programs.