Senior Lecturing Fellow
Director, Health Justice Clinic
Ms. Rice's primary interests are practical skills training and legal professionalism. She is also interested in the use of technology in law practice and teaching. She directs and teaches in the Health Justice Clinic, where she is the de facto "ethics partner" and technology leader. She has also taught Legal Ethics and maintains an interest in that field.
Ms. Rice began her legal career in 1984 as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was later appointed Managing Attorney. While at Legal Services, Ms. Rice specialized in housing advocacy, representing hundreds of low-income clients in cases involving evictions, substandard housing conditions, and government subsidized housing. She also represented victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders, custody and child support. In conjunction with this individual client representation, Ms. Rice was involved in inter-agency efforts to improve services to battered women. Ms. Rice’s work at Legal Services also included counseling non-profit organizations and the Charlotte Housing Authority tenant’s organization.
Prior to coming to Duke, Ms. Rice also did legal work for a small public interest law firm and the corporate counsel’s office of an environmental consulting firm.
Ms. Rice received her B.A. in History from Colgate University in 1975, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 1984.
She lives in Durham with her husband, Lou Perron, a designer and real estate broker, and her two children, Maggie, 11, and Alex, 13.