Charles Rice

professor emeritus
Notre Dame Law School



Charles Rice is professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana. His areas of specialization are constitutional law and jurisprudence. He currently teaches “Law and Morality” at Notre Dame. He also serves as a coach for the Notre Dame Boxing Club.

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 United States Marine Corps and is a Lt. Col. in the 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 Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he has a continuing 13-part TV series, “The Good Code: The Natural Law.” He is also chairman of the Center for Law and Justice International in New Hope, Kentucky, and a director of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor.

He is the author of more than a dozen books. His latest two are Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There?, (2nd ed.) co-authored with Dr. Theresa Farnan, and What Happened to Notre Dame?, both published by St. Augustine’s Press in 2009. Others include: The Winning Side: Why the Culture of Death is Dying (St. Augustine’s Press, 2006); 50 Questions on the Natural Law: What It Is and Why We Need It (Ignatius Press, 1999); No Exception: A Pro-Life Imperative (Human Life International, 1990); Authority and rebellion: The case for orthodoxy in the Catholic Church (Doubleday, 1971); and Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice of the Secular State (Franciscan Herald Press, 1979).

He and his wife, Mary, have 10 children and 39 grandchildren.


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