Robert C. Casad

John H. and John M. Kane Professor Emeritus of Law
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Robert Casad joined the faculty of the law school in 1959 and was named John H. and John M. Kane Professor of Law in 1981 in recognition of his internationally known scholarship in civil procedure, jurisdiction and conflict of laws. His work is often quoted and cited. He received the university's Balfour Jeffrey Research Achievement Award (Higuchi Prize) in 1984 and the law school's Rice Prize for Faculty Scholarship in 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 2011, the Kansas Bar Association honored Casad with its Professionalism Award, recognizing an individual who best exemplifies, represents and encourages other lawyers to follow the highest standards of the legal profession. An active member of the American Law Institute and the International Association for Procedural Law, Casad has been a frequent participant in IAPL conferences in Europe. He has been a visiting scholar/lecturer at universities in Europe, Asia, and Central America and a visiting professor at UCLA, Illinois, Hastings, Vienna, Michigan and Emory. In 1997 he retired from classroom teaching but not from research and writing.


Representative Publications
"Issue Preclusion in the Law of Spain: Cosa Juzgada Positiva, in Law and Justice in a Multi-State World: A tribute to Arthur von Mehren" (Nafziger and Symeonides, ed.)(2002); "Jurisdiction in Civil Actions," 3d ed. (with William Richman)(1998); "Jurisdiction and Forum Selection" 2d. ed. (1999); Kansas Code of Civil Procedure Annotated, 4th ed. (with the late Hon. Spencer Gard) (2003); Res Judicata (with Kevin Clermont) (2001); "Jurisdiction in Civil Actions at the End of the Twentieth Century: Forum Conveniens and Forum Non Conveniens," 7 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law 91 (1999); "Personal Jurisdiction in Federal Question Cases," 70 Texas Law Review 1589 (1992); "Long-Arm Jurisdiction in Admiralty Tort Cases," 4 Maritime Law Reporter, No. 2 (1993).

Research Interests
Civil procedure, especially comparative civil procedure.

S.J.D., Harvard, 1979; J.D., Michigan, 1957; M.A., Kansas, 1952; A.B., Kansas, 1950.

Kansas 1957, Minnesota 1958.

Career History
Instructor, University of Michigan School of Law, 1957-1958; Attorney, Streater & Murphy, MN 1958-1959; Assistant Professor 1959-1962; Associate Professor, 1962-1964; Professor of Law, 1964-1981; John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law 1981 to 1997; John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law Emeritus, 1997 to Present. Visiting Professor: UCLA 1969-1970; Illinois 1973-1974; California-Hastings 1979-1980; University of Vienna Spring 1986; Michigan Fall 1986; London Law Consortium, 1995, Emory University, 2001-2002.

American Law Institute; Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; International Association for Procedural Law; Civil Code Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council.


Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance