Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Susan L. 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 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; exploration of the legal implications of fertility preservation and cryopreservation of donor gametes and embryos; and cross-border reproductive care including international surrogacy.
She currently teaches two courses through the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, “Assisted Reproductive Technology Law” and “Comparative and Cross-Border Reproductive Technology Law”. She and also teaches at Washington College of Law’s annual summer Health Law Institute and is an adjunct professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she teaches as part of a 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 reproductive technologies and adoption.
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 Model ART Act, and 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 currently chairs its Ethics Code committee, which is updating that organization’s Code of Ethics, and 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.
Crockin, Susan L. "Growing Families in a Shrinking World: Legal and Ethical Challenges in Cross-Border Surrogacy." Reproductive BioMedicine Online 27 (2013): 733– 741.
Crockin, Susan L, and C. Lefebvre. "Sound Bites or Sound Law and Science? Distinguishing “Fertilization” and “Conception” in the Context of Pre-implantation IVF Embryos, ESCR and Personhood." Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine 3(4) (2012): 247–261.
Crockin, Susan L. "A Legal Defense for Compensating Research Egg Donors." Forum, Cell Stem Cell 6 (2010).
Crockin, Susan L, and Howard W Jones. Legal Conceptions: The Evolving Law and Policy of Assisted Reproductive Technologies., 2009.