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About Lucian E Dervan

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).


Present Southern Illinois University School of Law, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Present Associate Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Development, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Internal Corporate Investigations, Plea Bargaining, International Criminal Law, and International White Collar Crime

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

Lessar Law Building - Mail Code 6804
1150 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Office (618) 453-8797


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