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Mark Cady's Biography


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Full Name:

Mark S. Cady




Married; 2 Children

Birth Place:

Rapid City, SD

BA, Drake University

JD, Drake University, 1978

No political experience information on file.

Chair, Task Force, Court's and Communities' Response to Domestic Abuse, Iowa Supreme Court

Adjunct Faculty Member, Buena Vista University

Chief Justice, Iowa State Supreme Court, 2011-2019

Justice, Iowa State Supreme Court, 1998-2011

Appointed, Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court, January 2011

Judge, Court of Appeals, 1994-1998

Appointed, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court, 1998

Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, 1997

Law Clerk, Second Judicial Court, 1978-1979

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Drake Law School Board of Counselors

Member, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Member, Iowa Judges Association

Member, Iowa State Bar Association

Member, Order of Coif

Member, President's Advisory Council, Buena Vista University

Member, Webster County Bar Association


Honorary doctorate degree in Public Service from Buena Vista University, 2012
Outstanding Alumnus Award from Drake University Law School in 2011
Alumni Achievement Award from Drake University in 2012

Number of Grandchildren:



Preserving the Delicate Balance Between Judicial Accountability and Independence: Merit Selection in the Post-White World, 16 Cornell J.L. and Pub. Pol'y 101 (2008)

Iowa Practice: Lawyer and Judicial Ethics (Thomson-West 2007). He is the author of Curbing Litigation Abuse and Misuse: A Judicial Approach, 36 Drake L. Rev. 481 (1987)

Delivered remarks at the 2012 Drake Law School Constitutional Law Symposium, The Iowa Judiciary, Funding, and the Poor, 60 Drake L. Rev. 1127 (2012)

Presented the inaugural Drake Law School Iowa Constitution Lecture, A Pioneer's Constitution: How Iowa's Constitutional History Uniquely Shapes Our Pioneering Tradition in Recognizing Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 60 Drake L. Rev. 1133 (2012)