Professor Dervan joined the Southern Illinois University School of Law faculty in
2009 and focuses his teaching and scholarship on both domestic and international criminal
law. Since joining SIU School of Law, he has been awarded both the Scholar of the Year
Award (2012) and the Teacher of the Year Award (2014). In 2013, he was also awarded the
Southern Illinois University Early-Career Faculty Excellence Award for his research,
teaching, and professional activities. Along with his service to SIU, Professor Dervan
has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Georgia School of Law. 

Professor Dervan is a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s
Council, Co-Executive Director of the Section's Specialized Practice Division, and
Co-Chair of the Academics Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the
NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson and serves as a faculty member at
the program. Professor Dervan has been invited to speak about criminal law before various
organizations and bodies, including the United States House of Representatives’ Judiciary
Committee, the United States Sentencing Commission, and the International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 

Prior to joining the SIU School of Law, Professor Dervan served as a law clerk to the
Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh
Circuit. He also spent six years in private practice with King & Spalding LLP and
Ford & Harrison LLP. At King & Spalding LLP, Professor Dervan was a member of the
Special Matters and Government Investigations team. The Special Matters team was
established by former United States Attorney General Griffin B. Bell in 1989 to represent
corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal investigations,
internal investigations, and Congressional investigations, as well as in related civil
and regulatory proceedings. As a member of the Special Matters team, Professor Dervan
launched corporate internal investigations and compliance reviews, represented
corporations during government investigations, prepared for trials of corporations and
individuals, and handled various types of complex criminal and civil litigation,
including qui tam whistleblower actions. 

Professor Dervan attended Emory University School of Law where he was an Emory Scholar,
served as an Articles Editor for the Emory Law Journal, and was elected a member of the
Order of the Coif. 

Professor Dervan has published pieces on various subjects related to criminal law, white
collar crime, and plea bargaining. He is the founder and author of The Plea Bargaining
Blog and a contributing editor to the White Collar Crime Prof Blog (a member of the Law
Professor Blogs Network). 

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International White Collar Crime and Deferred Prosecution Agreements, ABA White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter (2014)

In October 2013, the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section (“ABA CJS”) convened its 2nd...



The Quest for Finality: Five Stories of White Collar Criminal Prosecution, Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (2014)

In this symposium article, Professor Dervan examines the issue of finality and sentencing. In considering...



Pleading Innocents: Laboratory Evidence of Plea Bargaining's Innocence Problem, Current Research in Social Psychology (2013)

We investigated plea bargaining by making students actually guilty or innocent of a cheating offense...



Regulatory Crime: Solutions, United States House of Representative's Committee on the Judiciary, Over-Criminalization Task Force (2013)

On November 14, 2013, Professor Dervan was called to testify before the United States House...



The Innocent Defendant’s Dilemma: An Innovative Empirical Study of Plea Bargaining’s Innocence Problem (with Vanessa A. Edkins), Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (2013)

In 1989, Ada JoAnn Taylor was accused of murder and presented with stark options. If...