Mercer appoints new law dean

Mercer University recently announced the appointment of Gary J. Simon as dean of the Walter F. George School of Law.

Simon served as dean of Case Western Reserve Law School from 2006 through 2008. He also boasts experience as a professor of law at both Cornell University and the University of Texas, and as a clerk for the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

“Gary Simson is among the most respected leaders in legal education,” President William Underwood said. “He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent listener, and a wise and thoughtful decision maker. He is also among the most nationally prominent scholars in his field and will be a tremendous leader for the School of Law.”

Simson will replace Daisy Hurst Floyd, who served as Mercer Law’s dean since 2004. Floyd will be stepping down from her position as dean in order to return to full-time teaching as University Profess of Law and Ethical Formation. Simson, who deemed Floyd a “hard act to follow,” will begin his term as dean on July 1.

“I am honored and excited to be asked to lead this law school whose faculty and innovative curriculum I have long admired,” Simson said. Simson’s wife, Rosalind, will also join the Mercer faculty as associate professor for the College of Liberal Arts.