- J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1982
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, Psychiatry and Statistics, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977
- Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
- M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
- B.A., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 1970
Specialties and Courses
- Contract Law
- Tort Law
- Insurance Law
- Consumer Law
- Law & Technology
- Law & Economics
- Deceptive Trade Practices
- Law Practice Technology
Spanning four years, Professor Rice was a graduate-faculty professor at Duke University before securing his post-doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University and receiving his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
After law school, Professor Rice became a Visiting Public-Law Professor in the Department of Government—University of Texas at Austin, and, later, a Scholar-In-Residence at The American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Professor Rice has been a full- tenured professor of law since 1993 and is presently a Professor of Law & Englehardt Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.
Additionally, for nearly twenty-seven years, he has been a legal expert/statistician for multiple international, national and regional law firms and their clients. Professor Rice is currently a member the Gerson-Lehrman Group of International Experts
Honors and Awards
- Scholar-In-Residence — American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
- Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, St. Mary’s School of Law, 2005-2006
- President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech School of Law, 1993
- Ex-Students’ New Faculty Teaching Award, Texas Tech School of Law, 1990
- Fifth Circuit’s Excellence in Writing Law Review Award for 2003-2004
- Order of the Coif, 1997
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1992
- Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
- Legal Practice Technology and Law (Cognella Academic Publishing 2017)
- Consumer Litigation and Insurance Defense, Cognella Academic Publishing 2 ed.
- Contract Law, Practice, Interpretation, and Enforcement, Cognella Academic Publishing 1 ed. 2014
Articles in Periodicals
- Willy E. Rice, Allegedly “Biased,” “Intimidating,” And “Incompetent” State Court Judges And The Questionable Removal Of State Law Class Actions To Purportedly “Impartial” And “Competent” Federal Courts-A Historical Perspective And An Empirical Analysis Of Class Action Dispositions In Federal And State Courts, 1925-2011, 3 William & Mary Business Law Review 419 (2012);
- The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: A Review of Selected 2009-2010 Insurance Decisions, 43 TEX. TECH L. REV. 971 (2011).
- The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: A Review of 2007-2008 Insurance Decisions, 41 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1013 (2009).
- The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: A Legal Analysis and Statistical Review of 2005-2006 Insurance Decisions, 39 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 843 (2007).
- The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 2004-2005 Disposition of Insurance Decisions: A Survey and Statistical Review, 38 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 821 (2006);
- The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 2003-2004 Insurance Decisions: A Survey and an Empirical Analysis, 37 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 871 (2005);
- Insurance Decisions — A Survey and an Empirical Analysis, 35 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 947 (2004).
- Willy E. Rice, Insurance Contracts and Judicial Decisions Over Whether Insurers Must Defend Insureds That Violate Constitutional And Civil Rights: An Historical And Empirical Review Of Federal And State Court Declaratory Judgments 1900-2000, 35 Tort & Ins. L.J. 995 (2000);
- Insurance Contracts and Judicial Discord Over Whether Liability Insurers Must Defend Insureds’ Allegedly Intentional and Immoral Conduct: A Historical and Empirical Review of Federal and State Courts’ Declaratory Judgments 1900-1997, 47 Am. U. L Rev. 1131 (1998);
- Race, Gender, “Redlining,” and the Discriminatory Access to Loans, Credit, and Insurance: An Historical and Empirical Analysis of Consumers Who Sued Leders and Insurers in Federal and State Courts, 1950-1995, 33 San Diego L. Rev. 583 (1996).
- Federal Courts and the Regulation of the Insurance Industry: An Empirical and Historical Analysis of Courts’ Ineffectual Attempts to Harmonize Federal Antitrust, Arbitration, and Insolvency Statutes with the McCarran-Ferguson Act–1941-1993, 43 Cath. U. L. Rev. 399 (1993).
- Judicial Bias, The Insurance Industry and Consumer Protection: An Empirical Analysis of State Supreme Courts’ Bad-Faith, Breach-of-Contract, and Breach-of-Covenant-of-Good-Faith and Excess-Judgment Decisions, 1900-1991, 41 Cath. U. L. Rev. 325 (1992).
- Judicial and Administrative Enforcement of Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504: A Pre- and Post-Grove City Analysis, 5 Rev. Litig. 219 (1986).