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. In 2013, he was awarded the Southern Illinois University Early-Career Faculty
Excellence Award for his research, teaching, and professional activities. In 2012, he was
awarded the SIU School of Law Scholar of the Year Award for his scholarly achievements.
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 Advisory Committee of the NACDL White Collar Criminal
Defense College at Stetson. He also serves as a faculty member at the program. The NACDL
White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson is an annual multi-day training for
practitioners in the field of white collar criminal defense. Students at the college
learn key advocacy skills and substantive white collar law during the program. 

In 2012, Professor Dervan was invited to testify before the United States House of
Representatives’ Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland
Security at the Hearing on Stolen or Counterfeit Goods Legislation. During his testimony,
Professor Dervan offered his insights regarding various aspects of the proposed criminal
legislation and also discussed his recent research regarding plea bargaining’s innocence

In 2010, Professor Dervan was awarded a Foundation for Defense of Democracies Academic
Fellowship to study counter-terrorism, national security, and international criminal law
in Israel during the summer. The fellowship included participation in discussions with
scholars, military officers, intelligence officials, and diplomats at Tel Aviv University
and travel to military bases, border zones, and security installations. 

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 actively engages in service activities, including work with Legal Aid,
Habitat for Humanity, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Professor Dervan is
admitted to practice in Georgia (active) and Florida (active). Professor Dervan is also
the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Academics

Professor Dervan has published book chapters and articles on various subjects related to
criminal law, plea bargaining, internal corporate investigations, and American legal
history. He is also the founder and author of The Plea Bargaining Blog - available at 

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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...



'Hearing on Stolen or Counterfeit Goods Legislation', Congressional Testimony (2012)

On March 28, 2012, Professor Dervan was called to testify before the Subcommittee on Crime,...



Bargained Justice: Plea Bargaining's Innocence Problem and the Brady Safety-Valve, Utah Law Review (2012)

If any number of attorneys were asked in 2004 whether Lea Fastow’s plea bargain in...



Global Bribery: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Internal Investigations (2012)

Written for a European publication focusing on internal investigations, this piece seeks to introduce the...



International White Collar Crime and the Globalization of Internal Investigations, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

Much has been written about the methods by which counsel may efficiently, thoroughly, and credibly...