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Retired KU law professor receives Kansas Bar Association's Professionalism Award

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Bob Casad
Bob Casad

LAWRENCE – A professor emeritus at the University of Kansas School of Law has been recognized by the Kansas Bar Association for his exemplary professionalism.

Robert Casad received the Professionalism Award during an awards dinner of the KBA Annual Meeting and Joint Judicial Conference earlier this month in Topeka. The award recognizes an individual who has practiced law for 10 or more years who, by his or her conduct, honesty, integrity and courtesy, best exemplifies, represents and encourages other lawyers to follow the highest standards of the legal profession.

"I am honored and grateful to be chosen for the award," Casad said.

Casad joined the law school faculty in 1959 and was named the John H. and John M. Kane Professor of Law. His teaching focused mainly on civil procedure, federal courts, conflict of laws, and judicial remedies. He was a visiting professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, University of Illinois, University of California-Hastings, University of Vienna, University of Michigan and Emory University. He has also lectured in Costa Rica, Spain, Japan and Germany. Casad has written a number of books and articles, mostly on procedural subjects.

He co-authored what became the main treatise on Kansas civil procedure, "Kansas Code of Civil Procedure, Annotated" (4th ed., 2003).

Casad was born in 1929 in Council Grove; the families of his paternal grandparents had homesteaded in Sedgwick County shortly after the Civil War, so his Kansas roots go back. He was educated in the public schools of Melvern, Atchison and Wichita. He attended the University of Kansas, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1950 and his master's degree in economics in 1952.

During the Korean War, Casad served in the U.S. Air Force at the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command in Dayton, Ohio, and at Toul-Rosieres Air Force Base in France. After discharge in 1954, he attended law school at the University of Michigan, where he was an associate editor of the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Casad was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1957 and later to the Minnesota Bar. He practiced law in Winona, Minn., until 1959, when he came back to Kansas to teach at the University of Kansas School of Law. During the 1965-66 academic year, Casad was granted a fellowship at Harvard Law School, where he took courses and ultimately earned the Doctor of Juridical Science.

He was a member of the Kansas Judicial Council's Civil Code Advisory Committee from 1982-2010, participating in two major overhauls of the Kansas code. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, as well as the Kansas Bar Association. After retirement from active teaching in 1997, he continued his research and writing until this year. He is now on the verge of re-retiring.