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Charles E. Rice
Born Charles Edward Rice
(1931-08-07)August 7, 1931
New York City US
Died February 25, 2015(2015-02-25) (aged 83)
Other names Charlie Rice
Occupation Professor of Law
Spouse(s) Mary E. Rice (1932-2016)
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 (August 7, 1931 – February 25, 2015) was an American legal scholar, Catholic apologist, and author of several books. He is best known for his career at the Notre Dame Law School at Notre Dame, Indiana. He began teaching there in 1969, and in 2000 earned professor emeritus status. He continued to teach an elective course called "Morality and the Law" each year in retirement.

He lived with his wife, Mary, in Mishawaka, Indiana. They had 10 children and 41 grandchildren.[1][2]

Rice died a day before former Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh. The styles of the two men who spent their lives working at Notre Dame were contrasted by writer John F. McManus "One [Rice] was a staunch conservative politically and religiously; the other could easily be classified as his polar opposite."[3]


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, finishing first in his battalion at Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia, and was eventually promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 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.[1]


He was instrumental in the founding of the Conservative Party of New York in the 1960s. He served as vice-chairman of the party from 1962 to 1969.[4]

Rice served in the Marine Corps and was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (retired).

From 1981 to 1993, Rice was a member of the Education Appeal Board of the US Department of Education. He also served as a consultant to the US Commission on Civil Rights and to various Congressional committees on constitutional issues and was an editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He was a member of the governing boards of Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Eternal Word Television Network. He served as 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 was an assistant coach of the Notre Dame Boxing Club.

Rice was one of the co-founders of Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[5]


Video lectures[]

Rice made several video lectures on Natural Law Theory and other topics, including The Good Code for EWTN,[6] Right Reason with Dr. Charles Rice alongside Michael Voris for Church,[7] and Natural Law: What It Is and Why We Need It for International Catholic University.[8]



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