Edgar Cahn
Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law


  • Juvenile justice

Edgar Cahn is chairman of TimeBanks USA, a distinguished emeritus professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and an Ashoka Fellow. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1956, a master’s from Yale University in 1957 and a doctorate, also from Yale, in 1960. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University from 1958 to1959 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1963. Cahn is the founder of TimeBanking, a currency that rewards decency, caring and social justice in use in 40 states and 34 counties. He also founded Racial Justice Initiative, utilizing a novel legal theory to dismantle structural racism in juvenile justice and child welfare. He is the co-founder of National Legal Service Program in the War on Poverty, Antioch School of Law, Time Dollar Youth Court of Washington D.C., and the National Homecomers’ Academy, which enables those returning home from prison to define themselves as community builders. Cahn was formerly a speech writer and special counsel to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, executive assistant to Sargent Shriver and the director in the Office of Economic Opportunity. He is the author of multiple works.