Lawrence E. Blades

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Professor of Law

Biographical Information

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.



Lawrence E. Blades & David Kader, Iowa Tort Guide, (Iowa Law School Continuing Legal Education, 1976); 2nd ed., with Andrew R. Kintzinger and David Kader, 1981; 3rd ed., with Kurt Peterson, 1986; 4th ed., with Charles A. Blades, 1993; 5th ed., with Charles A. Blades, 2000.
Lawrence E. Blades, The Lawrence Strike of 1912 (Dartmouth College 1957) (Thesis)


Lawrence E. Blades, "A Reflection: Ten Years of the Journal," 10 J. Corp. L. 1 (1984)
Lawrence E. Blades, "The Troubled Campus," 39 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 357 (1970)
Lawrence E. Blades, "A Comment on Governmental Tort Immunity in Kansas", 16 U. Kan. L. Rev. 265 (1967-1968)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Employment at Will vs. Individual Freedom: On Limiting the Abusive Exercise of Employer Power," 67 Colum. L. Rev. 1404 (1967)
Lawrence E. Blades, "The Three-Cornered Exchange - A Path to Tax-Free Real Estate Disposition," 36 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 307 (1967)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Inspecting Corporate Books and Records: The Stockholder's Uncertain Right," 35 J. B. Ass'n St. Kan. 293 (1966)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Corporate Distributions in Disguise," 35 J. B. Ass'n St. Kan. 92 (1966)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Labor Law," 14 U. Kan. L. Rev. 319 (1965-1966)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Deductibility of the Legal Expenses of Divorce," 14 U. Kan. L. Rev. 85 (1965)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Historical and Theoretical Foundation for the Use of Cy Pres in Michigan," 39 Mich. St. B. J. 13 (1960)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Evidence: Character Testimony: Impeachment through Reference to Prior Specific Acts of Defendant," 57 Mich. L. Rev. 907 (1959) (Student Case Note)
Lawrence E. Blades, "Trusts: Resulting and Constructive Trusts: Right of Third-Party Donee to Enforce Oral Trust of Land," 57 Mich. L. Rev. 621 (1959) (Student Case Note)