Arthur Rizer is a former Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Before entering academics, 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, primarily focused on international drug cartels and narco-terrorists. His other postings at DOJ included national security litigator with the Federal Program’s Guantanamo Bay Litigation Team, prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and civil litigator with the Office of Immigration Litigation.
Rizer began his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Before law school, 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, Rizer was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, where he helped train the Iraqi Army to fight the insurgency and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals. Also before law school, Rizer worked as a civilian police officer in Washington State.
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. Rizer is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University, Faculty of Law, focusing his studies on criminology. He has written books on a variety of topics including persuasive speaking through the eyes of Abraham Lincoln, persuasive writing taught through lessons from Thomas Jefferson, and issues dealing with national security and immigration. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has written for The Atlantic as well as numerous legal journals.