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About Lucian E Dervan

Professor Dervan teaches at Belmont University College of Law and focuses on domestic and international criminal law. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for his teaching and scholarship. In addition to Belmont, Professor Dervan has taught at the University of Georgia School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, and Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he was Director of Faculty Development from 2014-2017.

Professor Dervan is the author of two books and dozens of book chapters and articles. He is also the founder and author of The Plea Bargaining Blog and a contributing editor to the White Collar Crime Prof Blog. In addition to his writings, he regularly lectures regarding criminal law and has been invited to speak before 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 academy, 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 practiced law 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.

Professor Dervan received his Juris Doctorate with High Honors from 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.  He received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Davidson College.


2017 - Present Associate Professor of Law, Belmont University College of Law
2009 - 2017 Faculty Member, Southern Illinois University Carbondale ‐ School of Law

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 SIU School of Law Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2013 SIU Early Career Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2012 SIU School of Law Scholar of the Year Award
  • National Science Foundation Funded Research Coordination Network Member
  • Order of Coif

Contact Information

Belmont University College of Law
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212


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