Professor Emeritus of Law
Charles E. Rice was Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame law School. His areas of specialization were constitutional law and jurisprudence. He taught “Morality and the Law” at Notre Dame.
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 was 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.
His continuing 13-part series, The Good Code: The Natural Law is available from the Eternal Word Television Network. 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; 50 Questions on the Natural Law; and The Winning Side: Questions on Living the Culture of Life. His latest books 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.
He was a faculty advisor and assistant coach of the Notre Dame Boxing Club.
Professor Rice passed away on February 25, 2015.
Courses TaughtLAW70843, Morality and the Law
What Happened to Notre Dame? (St. Augustine's Press 2009).
Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There? (St. Augustine's Press 2006), co-authored with Theresa Farnan (2nd ed., 2009).
The Winning Side: Questions on Living the Culture of Life (St. Brendan's Institute 1999), 2nd ed., (St. Augustine's Press 2009).
Fifty Questions on the Natural Law: What it Is and Why We Need It (Ignatius Press 1993).
No Exception, A Pro-Life Imperative (1990).
Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice of the Secular State (Franciscan Herald Press 1979).
Authority and Rebellion: The Case for Orthodoxy in the Catholic Church (Doubleday, 1971).
The Vanishing Right to Live: An Appeal for a Renewed Reverence for Life (Doubleday, 1969).
The Supreme Court and Public Prayer: (Fordham University Press 1964).
Freedom of Association (New York University Press 1962).
Professor Rice has written numerous articles on a variety of subjects, including:
Rights and the Need for Objective Moral Limits, 3 Ave Maria L. Rev. 259 (2005).
Contraception as a Mask of Personhood, Univ. of St. Thomas L.J. 713 (2003).
Abortion, Euthanasia and the Need to Build a New "Culture of Life," 12 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 497 (1998).
Edward J. Murphy: A Professor For All Seasons,with David T. Link, P.V. Neimeyer, C. Roth, R.E. Spiedel and T.D. Yannucci, 71 Notre Dame Law Review 557 (1996).
In Memoriam: The Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, 72 Notre Dame Law Review 1219 (1996).
The Legality and Morality of Using Deadly Force to Protect Unborn Children from Abortionists, 5 Regent University Law Review 83 (1995).
Some Reasons for a Restoration of Natural Law Jurisprudence, 24 Wake Forest Law Review 539 (1989).
Issues Raised by the Abortion Rescue Movement, 23 Suffolk University Law Review 15 (1989).
Withdrawing Jurisdiction from Federal Courts, 7 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 13 (1984).
Congress and the Supreme Court Jurisdiction, 27 Villanova Law Review 959 (1982).
Conscientious Objection to Public Education: The Grievance and the Remedies, 1978 Brigham Young University Law Review 847.
Professor Rice has authored numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court and other courts on constitutional issues.
*Professor Edward J. Murphy,* Notre Dame Lawyer 9 (1994-95).
Areas of Expertise
- Constitutional Law
- Natural Law Theory