Susan Crockin, JD

Faculty Affiliate, O’Neill Institute Legal Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center

Susan Crockin, JD., has devoted her legal career to the emerging legal issues surrounding the assisted reproductive technologies, particularly the impact of scientific and medical advances on existing tenets of family, health, and reproductive law. Her current work focuses on the legal implications of cryopreservation and disposition of patient and donor gametes and embryos; reproductive genetics; egg and sperm banking; equitable utilization and third-party coverage of fertility and reproductive genetic treatments for those whose family-building ability is dependent on them; inter-professional efforts to reduce health care costs related to fertility treatments through single embryo transfer, insurance, and other methods; and cross-border reproductive care including international surrogacy.She currently teaches two courses as a scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center: “Assisted Reproductive Technology Law” and “Comparative and Cross-Border Reproductive Technology Law”. She also is an adjunct professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she teaches as part of its masters embryology program. In addition, she continues to head the Crockin Law & Policy Group, one of the first firms in the US devoted exclusively to the intertwined legal aspects of the assisted reproductive technologies and adoption. She is a frequent speaker nationally on ART Law related topics, including delivering a 2015 plenary lecture at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting, “Making 21st Century Families: The Vital Intercourse between ART Law and Medicine”.Ms. Crockin has published three books, and numerous chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and, since 1990, a nationally published legal column she created entitled, “Legally Speaking®”. She helped draft the Massachusetts infertility mandate, the ABA’s initial Model ART Act, and continues to draft and revise model IVF consent forms for the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). She is a founding member of the American Academy of Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), where she chaired its Ethics Code committee, to update that organization’s Code of Ethics, and is working on efforts to develop a national donor gamete registry affiliated with the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).Ms. Crockin received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Tufts University, summa cum laude.