Arthur L. Rizer
Associate Professor of Law, West Virginia University School of Law, Visiting Professor of Law
B.A., Pacific Lutheran; J.D., Gonzaga University; LL.M., Georgetown; D.Phil. (Candidate), University of Oxford
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; J.D., Gonzaga University Law School; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center; University of Oxford, Criminology-Faculty of Law, D.Phil, CandidateProfessor Rizer is currently...Continue Reading
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; J.D., Gonzaga University Law School; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center; University of Oxford, Criminology-Faculty of Law, D.Phil, Candidate
Professor Rizer is currently an Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University School of Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the faculty at WVU Law, Professor Rizer was at the Department of Justice where he served nine years as a trial attorney. Professor Rizer’s most recent assignment at the Department was as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division working on narcotics and national security cases, primarily focusing on the international drug cartels and narco-terrorists. Professor Rizer’s other postings within the Department include: 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.
Professor Rizer started his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in the United States 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 WV National Guard. In the military Professor 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.
Professor Rizer has several publications. He is the author of the books LINCOLN’S COUNSEL: LESSONS FROM AMERICA'S MOST PERSUASIVE SPEAKER (2010); THE NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF IMMIGRATION LAW (ABA Press 2012); JEFFERSON’S PEN: THE ART OF PERSUASION (ABA Press forthcoming 2016). He is also the author of numerous articles to include Trading Police for Soldiers: Has the Posse Comitatus Act Helped Militarize Our Police and Set the Stage for More Fergusons? UNLV L. Rev. (2015); Lawyering Wars: Failing Leadership, Risk Aversion, and Lawyer Creep – Should We Expect More Lone Survivors?, 90 IND. L.J. (2015). Breach: The National Security Threat of Energy Dependence: A Call for a Nuclear Renaissance, 2 HARVARD NAT. SEC. L. REV. (2011), The National Security Implications of Human Trafficking, 17 WIDENER L. REV. 69 (2011), The Filibuster of Judicial Nominations: Constitutional Crisis or Politics as Usual?, 32 PEPP. L. REV. 847 (2005), Mandatory Arrest: Do We Need to Take a Closer Look?, 36 UWLA L. REV. 1 (2005), Prosecutors: The “Other” Defenders of the Constitution, 38 THE PROSECUTOR 37 (2004), Does True Conservatism Equal Anti-Death Penalty?, 6 HOW. SCROLL SOC. JUST. L. REV. 88 (2004), Gun Control: Targeting Rationality in a Loaded Debate, 13 KAN. J.L. PUB. POL’Y 413 (2004), and The Race Effect on Wrongful Convictions, 29 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 845 (2003).