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16 Ave Maria L. Rev. 1 (2018)
The Constitutional Jurisprudence of William Bentley Ball and Charles E. Rice

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      THE   CONSTITUTIONAL JURISPRUDENCE OF
  WILLIAM BENTLEY BALL AND CHARLES E. RICE

                         By Stephen M Krason

    In the last four decades of the twentieth century, two especially prominent
names  can be recalled among  Catholic figures in the area of American
constitutional law: William Bentley Ball and Dr. Charles E. Rice. Ball died in
1999, and Rice continued his work into the twenty-first century, passing only
in 2015. Ball was noted for his courtroom work as an attorney defending
religious liberty and parental education rights. He handled cases from the
county trial court level up to the United States Supreme Court, where he was
involved in three dozen cases. He is especially remembered for the 1972
Supreme  Court case Wisconsin v. Yoder,' one of the main religious liberty
decisions in the Court's history, which upheld the educational rights of the
Amish.  He also was a constitutional scholar and prolific writer on these topics
and had served as one of the original faculty of Villanova University Law
School.  The  William Bentley  Ball Memorial Archive, across from  the
Supreme  Court in Washington, D.C., was established as a witness to his legacy
and a resource library for those continuing his legal and constitutional efforts.
    Rice was a long-time professor at Notre Dame Law School and author of
numerous  books  and articles on constitutional law, pro-life issues, and
Catholic topics.  He  was also an  editor of The American  Journal  of
Jurisprudence (formerly the Natural Law Forum) that is published at Notre
Dame  Law School.  He had earlier practiced law in New York City and taught
at New York University and Fordham law schools. Additionally, he had been
one of the founders of both the New York State Conservative Party and one of
the first right-to-life organizations in the country. Rice was well-known both
in the scholarly domain and in the popular one, as he was a prominent Catholic
lay apologist and played a prominent role in a host of leading Catholic and
legal organizations such as: the Thomas More Law Center, the Center for Law
and Justice, and the Eternal Word Television Network. He also played a role
in the founding and early development of Ave Maria School of Law.
    This article discusses the jurisprudential thought of each man, especially
as it concerns the areas that their legal thought and efforts were directed to:

    1. See generally Wisconsinv. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).


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