Iowa Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 4 (May 1981), pp. 692-694 (reprinted with permission)


Mason Ladd's life in the law of evidence will never be stilled. The contributions are too thoughtful, too productive, too filled with impact for that ever to happen. In the galaxy of great figures that includes Wigmore, Clearly, Morgan, Maguire, Weinstein, McCormick, Louisell, and others, Dean Ladd's star shone brightly. The mix of insight, humor, and good will that he brought to teaching and scholarly writing is unmatched. The influence of Mason Ladd is perhaps best summarized by this tribute: You can lose a man like Dean Ladd by your own death, but not by his.