Mason Ladd

Mason Ladd

Position: 

Dean of Law

Biographical Information

The law career of Dean Emeritus Mason Ladd spans more than half a century. The son of an Iowa Supreme Court Justice, Ladd graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1923. He entered private practice with his father and brother in Des Moines, and returned to the University as a law professor in 1929. He was appointed Dean of the College of Law in 1939 and held this position until his retirement in 1966. His extensive scholarship in the field of evidence led to his being named to the United States Supreme Court Committee to draft the newly-proposed Federal Rules of Evidence for U.S. courts and the magistrates. Dean Ladd is also the author of several legal textbooks. In 1966, the Iowa Broadcasters Association named him Iowan of the Year and that same year he was appointed the first Dean of the new law school at Florida State University. He founded the school and served as Dean there until 1970. While maintaining an Iowa City residence, Dean Ladd continued to share his knowledge of legal evidence with students at Florida State University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dean Ladd's service to the University has included membership on the Board in Control of Athletics for 16 years and participation in ROTC programs at Iowa as a retired army colonel. – From the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards web page.

Publications

Books

Mason Ladd and Willard S. Boyd. Iowa Probate Practice, 1957.
Mason Ladd. Cases and Materials on the Law of Evidence, 2d, 1955.
Mason Ladd, C. Brown & A. Vestal. Cases and Materials on Pleading and Procedure, 1953.
Mason Ladd, Cases and Materials on the Law of Evidence, 1949.
Mason Ladd and Arthur O. Leff. Iowa Probate Practice Problems, 5th, 1947.
Mason Ladd and A. Dobie. Cases and Materials on Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, 1940.
Mason Ladd. Iowa Probate Practice Problems, 3d, 1939.
Mason Ladd and M. Ladd. Iowa Probate Practice Problems, 1933.
Mason Ladd, Iowa Cases on Extraordinary Remedies and Attachment and Garnishment, 1930.

Book Chapters

Mason Ladd, Impeachment of One's Own Witness-New Developments, reprinted in W. Fryer, Selected Writings on the Law of Evidence and Trial 410-27, 1957.
Mason Ladd, Evidence, in W. Seavey, Problems in Law for Law School and Bar Examination Review, 4th, 1957.
Mason Ladd, Techniques and Theory of Character Testimony, reprinted in W. Fryer, Selected Writings on the Law of Evidence and Trial 637-67, 1957.
Mason Ladd, Evidence, in H. Ballantine, Problems in Law for Law School and Bar Examination Review, 3d, 1949.
Mason Ladd, A Modern Code of Evidence, reprinted in Model Code of Evidence 329-55, 1942.
Mason Ladd, The Legal Aspects of Marriage, in M. Jung, Modern Marriage 140-73, 1940.
Mason Ladd, The Conduct of an Officer on the Witness Stand, in R. Perkins, Handbook for Iowa Peace Officers 60-80, 1938.

Articles

Mason Ladd, In Memoriam: Edmund M. Morgan, 79 Harvard Law Review 1546 (1966).
Mason Ladd, The Iowa Law Review: Maturity of Fifty Years, 50 Iowa Law Review 5 (1964).
Mason Ladd, President Virgil M. Hancher: A Tribute, 49 Iowa Law Review 1035 (1964).
Mason Ladd, Uniform Evidence Rules in the Federal Courts, 49 VA. L. REV. 692 (1963).
Mason Ladd, Objections, Motions, and Foundation Testimony, 43 Cornell Law Quarterly 543 (1958).
Mason Ladd, Witnesses, 10 Rutgers Law Review 523 (1956).
Mason Ladd, Expert and Other Opinion Testimony, 40 Minnesota Law Review 437 (1956).
Mason Ladd, Demonstrative Evidence and Expert Opinion, 1956 Washington University Law Quarterly 1 (1956).
Mason Ladd, Determination of Relevancy, 31 Tulane Law Review 81 (1956).
Mason Ladd, The Hearsay We Admit, 5 Oklahoma Law Review 271 (1952).
Mason Ladd, Forward: A Symposium in Federal Jurisdiction, 31 Iowa Law Review 326 (1946).
Mason Ladd, Legal-Medical Aspects of Blood Tests to Determine Intoxication, 29 Virginia Law Review 749 (1943).
Mason Ladd, Legal-Medical Aspects of Blood Tests to Determine Intoxication, 18 Annals Internal Medicine 564 (1943).
Mason Ladd, A Modern Code of Evidence, 27 Iowa Law Review 213 (1942).
Mason Ladd, Modernization and Clarification of Rules of Evidence-A Proposed Code of Evidence, 17 Idaho State Bar Procedure 28 (1941).
Mason Ladd, The Dead Man Statute: Some Further Observations and a Legislative Proposal, 26 Iowa Law Review 207 (1941).
Mason Ladd, Appeals in Criminal Cases, 26 American Bar Association Journal 398 (1940).
Mason Ladd, Credibility Tests-Current Trends, 89 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 166 (1940).
Mason Ladd, Techniques and Theory of Character Testimony, 24 Iowa Law Review 498 (1939).
Mason Ladd, The Medico-Legal Aspects of the Blood Test to Determine Intoxication, 24 Iowa Law Review 191 (1939).
Mason Ladd, Common Mistakes in the Technique of Trial, 22 Iowa Law Review 609 (1937).
Mason Ladd, Impeachment of One's Own Witness-New Developments, 4 University of Chicago Law Review 69 (1936).
Mason Ladd, Assignment of Errors and the New Iowa Supreme Court Rules, 21 Iowa Law Review 693 (1936).
Mason Ladd, Admission of Evidence against Estates of Deceased Persons, 19 Iowa Law Review 521, 539 (1934).
Mason Ladd, Need in Iowa of an Offer of Excluded Testimony for Appeal, The, 18 Iowa Law Review 304, 319 (1932-1933).
Mason Ladd, Commentary on Recent Iowa Legislation Affecting Courts, Procedure, and Practice, 17 Iowa Law Review 24, 39 (1931-1932).
Mason Ladd and Dwight Brooke, Decree in Probate Proceedings Determining Heirs, Distributees and Distribution, 16 Iowa Law Review 195, 222 (1930-1931)
Mason Ladd, Liability of Individuals Conducting the Affairs of a Foreign Corporation Not Authorized to Do Business in Iowa, 15 Iowa Law Review 285 (1930).

Presentations

Mason Ladd, Address, Modern Thinking Upon Evidence - A Model Code, 17 Tennessee Law Review 10 (1941).
Mason Ladd, Address, Modern Developments in the Law of Evidence-A Model Code, 10 South Dakota Bar Journal 135 (1941).