Dean Blades received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1960. After practicing with the firm of O'Melveny and Meyers in Los Angeles, Dean Blades served as Assistant Professor (1964-67) and then Dean (1968-71) at the University of Kansas School of Law, before serving as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Iowa from 1971-1976. As dean, he enacted a number of changes at the law school, including instituting a formal moot court program and creating a summer entering class of first-year students. His areas of interest included conflict of laws, evidence, tax, and torts.