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Charles E. Rice
Born August 7, 1931 (1931-08-07) (age 78)
United States New York City USA
Occupation Professor of Law
Spouse(s) Mary E. Rice
Children John Laurence, Mary Frances, Anne Patricia, Joseph Patrick, Charles Peter, Jeanne Elizabeth, Theresa Helen, Kathleen Bernadette, Ellen Mary, and Patricia Mary

Charles Edward Rice (born August 7, 1931) is an American legal scholar, Catholic apologist, and author of several books. He is best known for his career at the University of Notre Dame Law school at Notre Dame, Indiana. He began teaching there in 1969, and in 2000 earned Professor Emeritus status. He still teaches an elective course called "Morality and the Law" each spring.

He was also instrumental in the founding of the Conservative Party of New York in the 1960s. He served as Vice-Chairman of the party from 1962-1969. [1]

Rice served in the Marine Corps and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired).

From 1981 to 1993, Professor Rice was a member of the Education Appeal Board of the U.S. Department of Education. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and to various Congressional committees on constitutional issues and is an editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He is a member of the governing boards of Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Eternal Word Television Network. He is also chairman of the Center for Law and Justice International in New Hope, Kentucky, and a director of the Thomas More Center for Law and Justice in Ann Arbor. He is an assistant coach of the Notre Dame Boxing Club.

He lives with his wife, Mary, in Mishawaka, Indiana. They have 10 children and 39 grandchildren. [2]



Rice received the B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross, the J.D. from Boston College Law School and the LL.M. and J.S.D. from New York University. He served in the Marine Corps and is a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Ret.). He practiced law in New York City and taught at New York University Law School and Fordham Law School before joining, in 1969, the faculty of law at Notre Dame. [3]

Ave Maria Controversy

Rice was one of the co-founders of Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a visiting law professor at Ave Maria and a member of its board of governors, he dissented against the school's decision to move to Florida, an idea made popular by the school's financier, Tom Monaghan. Because of his harsh dissent, the school changed its bylaws, removed Rice from the governing board, and fired him as a visiting professor. He still remains a professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School. [4]




What Happened to Notre Dame

  • Rice, Charles E. (2006). The Winning Side: Why the Culture of Death is Dying. St. Augustine. ISBN 1587319233.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (2005). Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There?: Straight Answers for Young Catholics. St. Augustine. ISBN 1587319276.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1999). The Winning Side: Questions on Living the Culture of Life. E M R. ISBN 0967469104.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1999). 50 Questions on the Natural Law: What It Is and Why We Need It. Ignatius. ISBN 0898707501.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1990). No Exception: A Pro-Life Imperative. Human Life International. ISBN 0962766704.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1986). 50 questions on abortion, euthanasia and related issues. Cashel Institute. ASIN B00071M82K.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1985). Divided Ireland: A cause for American concern. Tyholland Press. ASIN B0006YVFCC.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1983). Truth in Christ. Cashel Institute. ISBN 9991439463.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1978). Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice of the Secular State. Franciscan Press. ISBN 0819906964.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1971). Authority and Rebellion: The Case for Orthodoxy in the Catholic Church. DoubleDay. ASIN B0006C5HEQ.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1969). The vanishing right to live;: An appeal for a renewed reverence for life. DoubleDay. ASIN B0006BYNYC.  
  • Rice, Charles E. (1964). The Supreme Court and Public Prayer. Fordham University Press. ASIN B000J31U0C.  


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