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Arthur Rizer

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Arthur Rizer: Author, Attorney, Soldier

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Arthur Rizer

 Arthur Rizer is a decorated soldier and scholar. He is focused on service to his country and society through his personal and professional work. Arthur Rizer is the author of three books, Jefferson’s Pen: The Art of Persuasion (ABA Press 2016), The National Security Implications Of Immigration Law (ABA Press 2013) and Lincoln’s Counsel: Lessons From America's Most Persuasive Speaker (ABA Press 2010). He is consistently adding to the intellectual dialog surrounding police, military and security issues.

 Arthur Rizer is the Director of Justice Policy and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where he heads the Institute’s agenda on a variety of issues relating to crime, corrections, and policing.


Arthur Rizer Legal Expert

 Prior to joining R Street, Arthur Rizer worked as an Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  Before entering academics, Arthur Rizer worked at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for nine years as a trial attorney. His most recent assignment at DOJ was as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division working on narcotics and national security cases. His other postings at DOJ included attorney with the Federal Program’s Guantanamo Bay Litigation Team and a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. Arthur Rizer began his legal career as a District Court federal judicial law clerk.


Arthur Rizer Military Experience

 Arthur Rizer served as a Military Police and Armor officer in the reserve and active U.S. Army. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the West Virginia National Guard. In the military, Arthur Rizer was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals. Also before law school, Arthur worked as a civilian police officer in Washington State.


Arthur Rizer Education

 Arthur Rizer earned his Master of Laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Command Staff College. Arthur Rizer is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University, Faculty of Law, focusing his studies on criminology.  He has written three books and numerous articles on a variety of topics including persuasive speaking and writing, immigration, national security, criminal justice, and constitutional law.

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Arthur Rizer's Experience:

  • Director of Justice Policy & Senior Fellow at R STREET INSTITUTE

    Heads the Institute’s agenda on a variety of issues relating to crime, corrections, and policing. Produce original research, write for popular press and educate policymakers on criminal justice issues.


    Instruct courses in Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and National Security Law. Selected as the 2014-2015 WVU, College of Law Professor of the Year. Nominated as the 2015-2016 West Virginia University’s faculty member of the year.

  • Summer Visiting Professor of Law at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER

    Instruct courses in National Security, Trial Practice, Professional Responsibility, and Advanced Evidence. Supervise individual students during graduate independent research projects and student research assistants.

  • Trial Attorney at U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    - Criminal Division 2010-2013: Served as a federal prosecutor in the Drug Intelligence Unit, NDDS, specifically targeting command and control drug cartel leaders and narco-terrorists. Other duties included liaison between DOJ and intelligence agencies, training special agents and DOJ attorneys, and representing the United States in various classified hearings. - Civil Division 2005-2010: Stared with the Board of Immigration Appeals composing appellate immigration decisions before transferring to the the Office of Immigration Litigation where duties included litigating denaturalizations and immigration class actions through dispositive arguments and trial. Served on Federal Programs’ Guantanamo Bay litigation team, coordinated with federal agencies to conduct extensive terrorism investigations through merits trials. - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California 2009-2010 (on detail): Served as a special AUSA, prosecuting drug trafficking, human trafficking, criminal immigration, and child pornography cases. Worked before grand juries securing indictments, tried numerous jury and bench trials, and represented the United States before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


    Assisted the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik in matters related to a variety of cases. Drafted precedential decisions and memoranda for the Judge’s signature. Assisted the Judge during criminal and civil trials, hearings, and sentencings.

  • Lientuenant Colonel (Ret) at U.S. ARMY, RESERVE COMPONENTS

    Enlisted as a private later receiving a commission. Served as an Armor Officer, later becoming the Commander of a Military Police (MP) Company and a ROTC Assistant Professor. Deployed to Fallujah, Iraq with the mission to train the Iraqi Infantry. Served as a MP acting Battalion Commander and executive officer. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the West Virginia Army National Guard. - Selected Military Courses: Antiterrorism Officer, Trafficking in Persons, Counterintelligence Agent, Advanced MP Officer, Armor Officer Basic, and Scout Leaders Course. United States Marine Corps Command Staff College graduate – Strategic National Security, June 2010. - Selected Decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, German Proficiency Badge (Gold), Air Assault Badge, and 1st Marine Div. Combat Patch.


    Licensed Practitioner conducting extensive litigation support. Argued ex parte motions, managed pre-trial conferences, drafted and argued parental termination petitions, and conducted several bench trials.

  • Reserve Police Officer at CHENEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Graduate of the Washington State Police Academy with high honors. As a reserve police officer, primary duties included patrolling the city, responding to 911 dispatches, and acting as a public representative of the city.

Arthur Rizer's Education:


    (Candidate) DPhil (Ph.D)
    Concentration: Criminology

    Master of Laws
    Activities: - Distinguished Graduate - National Security Certificate and Individualized Study in Criminal Law

    Juris Doctor
    Activities: - Magna Cum Laude - Articles Editor for Gonzaga Law Review and Member of Executive Editorial Board - National Moot Court Trial Team and Member of Moot Court Council

    Bachelor of Arts
    Activities: - Washington Legislature Intern: Co-Drafted Senate Bill 6054

Arthur Rizer's Interests & Activities:

- The Ever-Changing Bogeyman: How Fear has Driven Immigration Law and Policy, LA. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016) - Trading Police for Soldiers: Has the Posse Comitatus Act Helped Militarize Our Police and Set the Stage for More Fergusons? 16 U. Nev. L.V. L. REV. 467 (2016) - Hannibal at the Gate: Border Kids, Drugs, and Guns - and the Mexican Cartel War Goes On, 27 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 48 (2015) - Lawyering Wars: Failing Leadership, Risk Aversion, and Lawyer Creep—Should We Expect More Long Survivors?, 90 IND. L.J. 935 (2015) - Lessons From Iraq and Afghanistan: Is it Time for the United States to Sign the Ottawa Treaty and End the Use of Landmines? 49 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 35 (2012) - Breach: The National Security Implications of Human Trafficking, 17 WIDENER L. REV. 69 (2011) (co-author) - The National Security Threat of Energy Dependence, 2 HARV. NAT. SEC. J. (2011) - Dog Fight: Did the International Battle Over Airline Passenger Name Records Enable the Christmas Day Bomber?, 60 CATH. L. REV. 77 (2010) - The Filibuster of Judicial Nominations: Constitutional Crisis or Politics as Usual?, 32 PEPP. L. REV. 847 (2005) - Does True Conservatism Equal Anti-Death Penalty?, 6 HOW. HUM. RIGHTS. & GLOB. L. REV 88 (2004) - Gun Control: Targeting Rationality in a Loaded Debate, 13 KAN. J.L. PUB. POL’Y 413 (2004) (co-author) - Mandatory Arrest: Do We Need to Take a Closer Look?, 36 UWLA L. Rev. 1. (2005), reprinted in D. KELLY WEISBERG, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: CASE STUDIES AND MATERIALS (Wolters Kluwer 2012) (contributing author) - The Race Effect on Wrongful Convictions, 29 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 845 (2003), reprinted in ADALBERTO AGUIRRE & DAVID BAKER, INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES (Pearson 2007) (contributing author) Other Publications - Mission Creep: The Danger of Blurring Police Blue with Soldier Green, HUFFINGTON POST, June 4, 2015 (co-author) - Asking Our Soldiers to Do Police Work: Why it Can Lead to Disaster, THE ATLANTIC, Jan. 17, 2012 - Cops with Machine Guns: How the War on Terror has Militarized the Police, THE ATLANTIC, Nov. 7, 2011 (co-author) - Prosecutors: The “Other” Defenders of the Constitution, 38 THE PROSECUTOR 37 (2004)

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