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Arthur is director of justice and national security policy for the R Street Institute, where he heads institute programs dealing with a variety of issues related to national security, crime and policing. In this capacity, he produces original research, writes for the popular press and educates policymakers on national security and criminal justice issues. Arthur is also a Visiting Lecture at University College London in the Department of Security and Crime Science.

Arthur joined R Street in August 2016, having previously served as associate professor of law at West Virginia University’s College of Law and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

From 2005 to 2014, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, primarily serving as a federal prosecutor with the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, specifically targeting command and control drug cartel leaders and narco-terrorists. He also served in the civil division, working on immigration-related litigation, and with the Federal Programs Guantanamo Bay litigation team, where he coordinated with federal agencies to conduct extensive terrorism investigations through merits trials. He joined the Justice Department after a three-year stint as a patrol officer with the police department of Cheney, Washington, having graduated the Washington State Police Academy with high honors.

Earlier in his career, Arthur served in the U.S. Army, originally enlisting as a private before later receiving a commission. He served as an armor officer, later becoming the commander of a military police company and a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps assistant professor. He deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, with the mission to train the Iraqi Infantry and served as an MP acting battalion commander and executive officer. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army National Guard (WV). During his Army career, Arthur received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service and Iraq Campaign medals.



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  • ALR Rizer, Jefferson’s Pen: The Art of Persuasion (ABA Press 2016) (forthcoming)
  • ALR Rizer, 'The Ever-Changing Bogeyman: How Fear has Driven Immigration Law and Policy' (2016) Louisiana Law Review
  • ALR Rizer, 'Trading Police for Soldiers: Has the Posse Comitatus Act Helped Militarize Our Police and Set the Stage for More Fergusons? ' (2016) 16 University of Nevada Las Vegas Law Review 467
  • ALR Rizer, 'Hannibal at the Gate: Border Kids, Drugs, and Guns - and the Mexican Cartel War Goes On ' (2015) 27 St. Thomas Law Review 48
  • ALR Rizer, 'Lawyering Wars: Failing Leadership, Risk Aversion, and Lawyer Creep—Should We Expect More Long Survivors? 90 Ind. L.J. 935 (2015)' (2015) 90 Indiana Law Journal 935
  • ALR Rizer, The National Security Implications of Immigration Law (ABA Press 2013)
  • ALR Rizer, 'Lessons From Iraq and Afghanistan: Is it Time for the United States to Sign the Ottawa Treaty and End the Use of Landmines? ' (2012) 49 Willamette Law Review 35
  • ALR Rizer and Sheri Glaser, 'Breach: The National Security Implications of Human Trafficking' (2011) 17 Widener Law Review 69
  • ALR Rizer, 'Dog Fight: Did the International Battle Over Airline Passenger Name Records Enable the Christmas Day Bomber?' (2010) 60 Catholic Law Review 77
  • ALR Rizer, Lincoln’s Counsel: Lessons from America's Most Persuasive Speaker (ABA Press 2010)
  • ALR Rizer, 'Mandatory Arrest: Do We Need to Take a Closer Look?' (2005) 36 University of West Los Angeles Law Review 1
  • ALR Rizer, 'The Filibuster of Judicial Nominations: Constitutional Crisis or Politics as Usual?' (2005) Pepperdine Law Review 847
  • ALR Rizer, 'Does True Conservatism Equal Anti-Death Penalty?' (2004) 6 Howard Human Rights Law Review 88
  • Jesse Matthew Ruhl , ALR Rizer and Mikel J. Wier, 'Gun Control: Targeting Rationality in a Loaded Debate' (2004) 13 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy 413
  • ALR Rizer, 'Prosecutors: The “Other” Defenders of the Constitution' (2004) 38 The Prosecutor
  • ALR Rizer, 'The Race Effect on Wrongful Convictions' (2003) 29 William and Mitchell Law Review 845



Research Interests

Exploring how police institutions think about the problem of militarization and violence.  More specifically, how do police institutions, who are the repository of legalized violence, think about controlling that aspect of their mission. 

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

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