Faculty Biography

Professor of Law
Director, Summer Law Programs Abroad

  • JD, 1984, University of Illinois
  • MA, 1981, DePaul University
  • BS, 1981, Illinois State University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Devitt teaches in the areas of evidence, appeals advocacy, securities accounting, professional responsibility, and military justice and national security. He teaches the introduction course for all LLM students seeking to receive their degree in comparative studies.

Professional Experience

Devitt was the managing partner of his former law firm where he practiced complex civil litigation in various jurisdictions around the United States. He was lead counsel in several high-profile cases dealing with fraudulent financial reporting, which have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in combined recoveries. He is a frequent lecturer on evidence, financial reporting, accounting, litigation, ethics and other topics. His practical experience also includes sitting on the board of directors and audit committee of a public company and serving as an arbitrator in both federal and state court proceedings.

Honors and Affiliations

Devitt is the executive director of USD’s Appellate Clinic. He received USD School of Law's award for excellence in teaching in 2010 and 2012.

Key Works

Devitt's publications include “Improper Deportation of Legal Permanent Residents: The U.S. Government's Mischaracterization of the Supreme Court's Decision in Nijhawan v. Holder” in 15 International Law Journal 1 (2013).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 308D
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2992


Arlene Penticoff
(619) 260-6843

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Wed 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Mon 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.