Jocelyn Floyd

Jocelyn Floyd, Honors Scholar, Class of 2010

Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar

Class of 2010

Ms. Floyd grew up in CA, MI, IL, MI, OH, TX and MI.  In 2003, she graduated summa cum laude from Oakland University (again in MI) with a BA in English and French Language and Literature. She received department honors from both the English and French departments, as well as the Honors College Thesis Award in Letters for her senior project, for which she wrote a young adult novel. And she might be willing to share the text of the commencement speech she gave at graduation if you ask her nicely.

After graduation, Ms. Floyd taught dance for several years, ran away to France to teach English for a year, worked for a foreclosure law firm, and sold donuts at a cider mill. She learned three important things from those experiences:  law is fun, foreclosure is not, and facing a room filled with eleven hyper three-year-olds takes more courage than it gets credit for.

In the summer before her 1L year, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Hank Perritt, helping with research and editing on his most recent book about Kosovo and an article on digital rights management. After her 1L year, she externed for the Honorable Arlander Keys, a magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Floyd is a member of the Chicago-Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society. She hopes to use her law degree to facilitate her evil plan to take over the galaxy...er, to work in either estate planning or intellectual property.

Writings

WERE YOU TALKING TO ME? AN ANALYSIS OF THE GOVERNMENT SPEECH DOCTRINE IN THE CONTEXT OF PLEASANT GROVE CITY, UTAH V. SUMMUM