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

"UH Freezer Malfunction Update: More Than 150 Families Settle Lawsuits in Loss of Embryos"

September 29, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Cleveland Plain Dealer on how it is impossible to fully compensate victims of fertility clinic malpractice.

"Why The Gender Pay Gap Took Center Stage In Michelle Williams’s Emmy Speech"

September 23, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on the gender pay gap between Latina, Native American, African American, and Asian American women and white men.

"Fertility Centers Will Keep Inflicting Pain On Families Until the Government Steps In"

September 06, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn co-writes for USA Today on how the poorly regulated fertility industry has caused abuses that are becoming a national problem.

"The Problem With Common-law Marriage? It’s Usually About Divorce"

September 04, 2019
Naomi R. Cahn is mentioned by DeseretNews on how a committee in which she is a member is drafting a uniform legal standard for common-law marriage.

"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.