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

"Couple Sues Fertility Clinic After It Allegedly Lost Their Embryos"

June 22, 2020
Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in ABC's "Good Morning America" about the need for national standards that ensure inspections of fertility clinics.

"The Color and Gender of COVID-19: Essential Workers, Not Disposable People"

June 04, 2020
Naomi R. Cahn is cited in Think Global Health about how COVID-19 calls for a closer look at the connections across gender, race, and class.

"They Grew Up Believing They Were Half Brothers from the Same Sperm Donor. A DNA Test Revealed the Truth."

May 30, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in BuzzFeed News about how the lack of regulation in the sperm back industry affects donor-conceived children.

"New Study Shows How White Lies Can Hurt Women at Work"

May 24, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes how white lies often prevent women from obtaining leadership positions, quoting Naomi Schoenbaum.

"Mother's Day and COVID-19's Impact on Women of Color"

May 10, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about COVID-19's disproportionate impact on women of color, quoting Spencer A. Overton.