Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady to lecture Oct. 27

Oct. 16, 2009

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady will present a guest lecture Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.

In April, Cady wrote the opinion in the case of Varnum v. Brien, a case that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. In his lecture, “Reflection on the Role of the Constitution in Correcting Our Faults,” Cady will discuss the doctrine of equal protection under Iowa law and the case of Varnum v. Brien.

Cady’s lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Cady holds the bachelor’s and law degrees from Drake University. After graduating from law school in 1978, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Second Judicial District in Iowa.

Cady was later appointed assistant Webster County attorney and practiced with a law firm in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was appointed a district associate judge in 1983 and a district court judge in 1986.

In 1994, Cady was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals and was elected chief judge of the Court of Appeals in 1997. He was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998.

Cady is a member of the Order of Coif (honorary), Iowa Judges Association, and Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (honorary).

He served as chair of the Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Court’s and Communities’ Response to Domestic Abuse and is a member of the Drake Law School Board of Counselors.

Cady is the coauthor of “Iowa Practice: Lawyer and Judicial Ethics” (2007) and “Preserving the Delicate Balance Between Judicial Accountability and Independence: Merit Selection in the Post-White World” (2008). He is the author of “Curbing Litigation Abuse and Misuse: A Judicial Approach” (1987). 

Cady is an adjunct faculty member at Buena Vista University and serves on the President’s Advisory Council.

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Cady’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Life and Women and Gender Studies department.