Charles E. Rice is Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana. His areas of specialization are constitutional law, jurisprudence and torts. Professor Rice was born in 1931, 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. He served for eight years as State Vice-Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party.
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 Ave Maria School of Law, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Eternal Word Television Network. He is also a director of the Thomas More Center for Law and Justice, in Ann Arbor, which provides legal defense for persons who exercise constitutional rights with respect to abortion, education and other issues.
Among his books are Freedom of Association; The Supreme Court and Public Prayer; The Vanishing Right to Live; Authority and Rebellion; Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice of the Secular State; No Exception: A Pro-life Imperative; and 50 Questions on the Natural Law, His latest book, The Winning Side: Questions on Living the Culture of Life, published by St. Brendan’ s Institute in 2000.
He is faculty advisor and an assistant coach of the Notre Dame Boxing Club. He and his wife, Mary , have ten children and they reside in Mishawaka, Indiana.