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Christopher W. Behan

Associate Professor of Law


Courses Taught:

574 - Advanced Mock Trial
637 - Advanced Trial Advocacy
516 - Criminal Law
536 - Evidence
606 - International Criminal Law
602 - Legal Globalization and Comparative Law
590 - Senior Writing Seminar (Military Law)
537 - Trial Advocacy
605 - White Collar Crime


Prior to joining the faculty at the SIU School of Law, Professor Behan served on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for nearly eleven years. His most recent assignment was Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he taught evidence, military criminal law, and trial advocacy to attorneys from all United States military services and many allied militaries. During his military career, he also served as a legal assistance attorney, military prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, administrative law attorney, international and operational law attorney, and legal advisor to U.S. forces in the Sinai Desert as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.

Professor Behan earned an L.L.M. in Military Law (Criminal Law Specialty) from the Judge Advocate General's School in 2003 and was named to the Commandant's List. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1995 from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was a member of the Order of Barristers, the Director of Interschool Competitions on the Moot Court Board, and a member of the National Moot Court Team. In 1995, his team took second place at the University of Minnesota Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. He obtained his B.A. magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1992, majoring in English.
In addition to teaching at SIU School of Law, Professor Behan is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, where he teaches advanced evidence to judges. He also teaches trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in Louisville, Colorado.

Professor Behan is married to Valery Christiansen Behan (J. Reuben Clark Law School Class of 1994). They have seven children and two cats. Professor Behan’s hobbies include indiscriminate reading (everything from cereal boxes to military history to Victorian literature), writing his version of the great American novel, losing video games to his children, watching as many as five soccer games a weekend, and taking excruciatingly long road trips with his family in their 12-passenger van.






Room 244
Lesar Law Building
Mailcode 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 453-8722