Stephen M. Rice
Professor of Law
Before joining the faculty of Liberty University School of Law, Stephen M. Rice served as president for the Michigan-based commercial litigation law firm of Silverman, Smith & Rice, P.C. in Kalamazoo. In addition to managing the firm, he actively litigated a wide range of disputes at the trial and appellate levels, including disputes involving contracts, asset valuation, secured transactions, franchisee-franchisor relationships, real property, torts, and business associations. He has practiced before the State of Michigan, District, Circuit, and Courts of Appeals; the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan; and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rice has published several articles focusing the place of logical form in legal reasoning and the practical application of philosophical logic to litigation: Conventional Logic: Using the Logical Fallacy of Denying the Antecedent as a Litigation Tool, 43 Akron L. Rev. 79 (2010) ; Indispensable Logic: Using the Logical Fallacy of the Undistributed Middle as a Litigation Tool, 79 Miss. L. J. 669 (2010); and Conspicuous Logic: Using the Logical Fallacy of Affirming the Consequent as a Litigation Tool, 14 Barry. L. Rev. 1 (2010).
Rice has teaching experience as a former adjunct faculty member at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was there that he taught a broad range of undergraduate business subjects including contracts, business organizations, property, sales, agency, and torts.
While attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Rice received the Bureau of National Affairs Law Student Award recognizing him as the top-performing member of the school’s American Bar Association National Trial Competition Team, of which he was a member. Additionally, Rice was a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and served as research assistant to Professor and Associate Dean William P. Weiner.