Arthur Rizer

Visiting Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


Arthur Rizer is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is also the Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties at the R Institute, where he heads programs related to crime, policing, and privacy.

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Arthur Rizer

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2009
J.D., Gonzaga University Law School, 2003
B.A. Pacific Lutheran University, 1999

Courses Taught


  • Police Reform: Seminar

Arthur Rizer is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is also the Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties at the R Institute, where he heads programs related to crime, policing, and privacy. In addition, he is a D.Phil candidate at Oxford University, Faculty of Law, focusing on criminology and policing in the United States. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University, College of Law, where he taught criminal and national security law, and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Rizer worked at the United States Department of Justice for nine years as a trial attorney, most recently as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division working on narcotics and national security cases. At the DOJ, he was also a national security litigator with Federal Program’s Guantanamo Bay Litigation Team, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and a civil litigator with the Office of Immigration Litigation and Federal Programs. He started 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 in the reserve and active U.S. Army. In the military, Rizer was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, he retired from the U.S. Army WV National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. Earlier, he was a civilian police officer in Washington State.