This collection of essays by Mercer law faculty is the result of a process that my predecessor as dean, Daisy Floyd, set in motion in the fall of 2008. At that time, Dean Floyd named an ad hoc committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the law school's celebrated Woodruff Curriculum. Adopted after extensive discussion, planning, and debate, the Woodruff Curriculum went into effect in 1990. Within a few years, the American Bar Association recognized the Woodruff Curriculum's distinctive and remarkably forward-looking contribution to legal education by naming the law school as the recipient of the Association's prestigious Gambrell Professionalism Award. The much-discussed MacCrate and Carnegie Reports that appeared in 1992 and 2007, respectively, unmistakably owed much to the Woodruff Curriculum that preceded them.
Gary J. Simson, Introduction to Faculty Essays, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 915 (2012).