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
Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
Consumer protection law
Law and economics
Law and statistics
Prior to receiving his law degree, Rice taught in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. Before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989, Rice was a Visiting Public-Law Professor in the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, and a Scholar-In-Residence at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. He was a tenured Professor of Law at Texas Tech from 1993 to 2000. Rice joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 1999 as a visiting professor. He became a full-time professor at St. Mary’s in 2000.
In addition, for nearly 30 years, he has served as a certified legal expert and statistician/econometrician for hundreds of international, national and regional law firms and their clients. Currently, he serves as an opinion expert in a 10-year, international "mass tort" and "insurance defense" lawsuit.
Honors and Awards
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
Order of the Coif, 1997
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1992
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);
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).