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Arthur Rizer works as an Associate Professor of law at West Virginia University, College of law. His teaching and research focuses on criminal and national security law. Rizer was selected as the WVU Law’s 2015 Professor of the Year. He has written three books dealing with national security issues, as well as persuasive speaking and writing. He has also authored numerous articles in various journals. Rizer is a Doctor in Philosophy (Criminology) candidate at Oxford University. He also earned his Master in Laws from Georgetown University, Law Center (with distinction) and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University, School of Law (magna cum laude). Rizer is also a graduate from the United States Marine Corps’ Command Staff College.
Before joining the faculty at WVU Law, Rizer worked at the United States Department of Justice 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. Rizer’s other postings at DOJ included national security litigator with 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 started his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Rizer has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor of Law and currently holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Law.
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 WV 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.