Naomi R. Cahn

Naomi Cahn
Harold H. Greene Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Naomi Cahn is the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. She has written numerous law review articles on family law, feminist jurisprudence, and reproductive technology. She is the author of several books, including The New Kinship (forthcoming 2012); and Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation (2009); she has co-authored On the Frontlines: Women, Gender, and the Post-Conflict Process (2011) (with Professors Fionnuala Ni Aoláin and Dina Haynes); Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture (2010) (with Professor June Carbone); and she has co-written casebooks in the fields of family law, trusts, and estates. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, and she has appeared on numerous media outlets including NPR, MSNBC, and 

Professor Cahn is a Senior Fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project, for which she and her co-investigators have received outside funding to conduct research on public attitudes towards gay and lesbian parenting. From 2002 to 2004, Professor Cahn was on leave in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining the faculty at GW Law in 1993, Professor Cahn practiced with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

At GW Law, she teaches courses on family law, trusts and estates, elder law, and child, family, and state.



AB, Princeton University; JD, Columbia University; LLM, Georgetown University

In the News

"Why the Question Of What's Going To Happen To Jeffrey Epstein's Money Is So Complicated"

August 15, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on what victims could receive in a civil suit against Epstein even after his death.

"Ohio Family Using DNA Kit Learns Dad and Daughter Not Related, Sues Fertility Clinic"

August 09, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by NBC News on the need for more government regulation in the fertility industry.

"Father Accuses Fertility Clinic of Sperm Mix-up After Learning Daughter Isn't His"

August 08, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by CBS This Morning on how the fertility industry has outpaced assisted reproduction technology regulation.

"'Tragedy at the Hands Of a Fertility Clinic': Family Sues Over Sperm Swap"

August 07, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Washington Examiner on how the growing fertility industry has outpaced regulations.

“DNA Test Kits Revealed Cincinnati Fertility Clinic Used Stranger’s Sperm"

August 07, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Columbus Dispatch on a lawsuit filed against an Ohio fertility clinic.