Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will speak at Wartburg College’s Constitution Day forum, Thursday, Sept. 15.

Cady will address “Moving the Courts Forward During Challenging Times” as part of an hour-long program beginning at 11:30 a.m. in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center.

Following his 30-minute presentation, Cady will be joined by a panel that will respond to his remarks and take questions from the audience. 

Cady authored the court’s unanimous decision declaring Iowa’s one-man, one-woman marriage law unconstitutional, prompting a campaign by conservatives to unseat the three justices up for retention in 2010. Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit lost judicial retention bids. Members of the court subsequently selected Cady to serve as chief justice.

 A resident of Fort Dodge, Cady has undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University. He had been assistant Webster County attorney and then entered private practice before being appointed as a district associate judge in 1983 and a district court judge in 1986. Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Cady to the high court in 1998.