J.E. Shreve Ariail

  • Lecturer

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shreve Ariail teaches The Role of the Federal Prosecutor at the Law School.

Ariail previously worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and clerked for Judge Claude M. Hilton in the Eastern District of Virginia. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) in 2007.  Ariail has served as a line assistant in the general crimes, narcotics, violent crimes and terrorism, and national securit and cybercrime sections. He has supervised and led the prosecution of a wide range of cases involving public corruption, fraud, gang and narcotics-related violence, terrorism, organized crime and other issues. Ariail currently serves as the chief of EDNY’s organized crime and gang section.  

In 2009, Ariail was selected by the EDNY to serve as a representative of the Department of Justice on the multiagency Guantanamo Review Taskforce established to implement President Obama's executive order to conduct a review of the individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Ariail has also tried to verdict a number of significant racketeering and national security cases. Ariail served as the lead prosecutor in United States v. Ronald Herron, a five-week racketeering and murder trial in which Herron, also known as “Ra Diggs,” was convicted of, among other things, three homicides, and was sentenced to life in prison. More recently, Ariail served as the lead prosecutor in United States v. Ibrahim Harun, a case in which the defendant, an al-Qaida operative, was convicted after a two-week trial for his role in killing U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan and with conspiring to bomb U.S. diplomatic facilities in Nigeria.

Ariail regularly lectures on criminal law and national security issues, and currently is serving as a senior lecture at the University’s Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy.  He is a recipient of the Executive Office of the United State Attorneys Director’s Award for Excellence as an asistant U.S. attorney, and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation True American Hero award. 


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    Davidson College

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