John Towers Rice joined the Duquesne University School of Law faculty in 2021. He researches and presents on issues relating to business litigation, professional responsibility, and non-discrimination law.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Professor Rice graduated from Clemson University in 2008, and then earned his law degree with a concentration in advocacy and dispute resolution from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law in 2012. During law school, Professor Rice competed on the Dean Jerome Price Evidence Moot Court Team, was one of ten law graduates nominated to the Order of the Barristers, and the College of Law faculty recognized him with ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award.

Professor Rice has previously taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law and the University of Massachusetts School of Law. He also served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Tennessee and was in private practice where he focused on professional liability defense, commercial and business disputes, probate and fiduciary litigation, workplace investigations, and appellate practice. He is a member of the American Bar Association and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is admitted to the Tennessee and South Carolina Bars, as well as the bars for the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


  • J.D., The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • B.S. Sociology, Clemson University

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The Road to Bostock
John T. Rice. The Road to Bostock, 15 FIU Law Review 423 (2021)