Richard A. Matasar

Richard A. Matasar


Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Biographical Information

At the University of Iowa College of Law, Richard Matasar was Associate Professor of Law from 1980 to 1984, and Professor of Law from 1984 to 1991. He also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1989 to 1991.He spent a semester as visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School in 1989.

Dean Matasar has published extensively in scholarly and academic venues. His teaching and scholarly areas include civil procedure, constitutional litigation, federal jurisdiction, trial advocacy, and professionalism.



Richard Matasar, “The Pain of Moral Lawyering,” 75 Iowa Law Review 975 (1990).
Richard Matasar, “The Supreme Court and the Products Liability Crisis: Lessons from Boyle's {Boyle v. United Technologies Corp., 108 S. Ct. 2510} Government Contractor Defense,” 63 Southern California Law Review 637 (1990).
Richard Matasar, “Teaching Ethics in Civil Procedure Courses,” 39 Journal of Legal Education 587 (1989).
Richard Matasar, "Personal Immunities Under Section 1983: The Limits of the Court's Historical Analysis," 40 Arkansas Law Review 741 (1987).
Richard A. Matasar, "Procedural Common Law, Federal Jurisdictional Policy, and Abandonment of the Adequate and Independent State Grounds Doctrine," with Gregory S. Bruch. 86 Columbia Law Review 1291 (1986), 100 pages.
Richard A. Matasar, "A Pendent and Ancillary Jurisdiction Primer: The Scope and Limits of Supplemental Jurisdiction." 17 U .C . Davis Law Review 103 (1983), 87 pages.
Richard A. Matasar, "Rediscovering 'One Constitutional Case': Procedural Rules and Rejection of the Gibbs Test for Supplemental Jurisdiction," 71 California Law Review 1399 (1983), 93 pages.
Richard A. Matasar, "The National School Lunch Act: Statutory Difficulties and the Need for Mandatory Gradual Expansion of State Programs." 125 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 415 (1976), 28 pages.

Book Reviews

Richard Matasar, “Treatise Writing and Federal Jurisdiction Scholarship: Does Doctrine Matter when Law is Politics?” Review of Federal Jurisdiction, by Erwin Chemerinsky, 89 Michigan Law Review 1499 (1991).
Richard Matasar, “Trial Narratives and the Study of Law: Some Questions.” Review of Popular Trials: Rhetoric, Mass Media, and the Law, edited by Robert Hariman, 76 Iowa Law Review 207 (1990).