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
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.