Arthur Rizer

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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. See more at Arthur Rizer


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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