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Arthur Rizer

Arthur Rizer is the national security and justice policy director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute

Arthur Rizer is the national security and justice policy director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where he heads the institute’s agenda on a variety of issues related to intelligence, security, crime, corrections and policing. Before joining R Street, Arthur was associate professor at West Virginia University College of Law and visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He previously spent nine years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, including as a criminal division prosecutor, working narcotics and national-security cases. Other DOJ postings included serving as an 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 began his legal career as a U.S. district court judicial law clerk. Arthur 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 was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. Before law school, Arthur also worked as a civilian police officer in Washington State. Arthur earned his Master of Laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Command Staff College. Arthur currently is pursuing his doctorate at Oxford University’s 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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