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

"Don't Get Fooled by COVID-19 Scams"

April 01, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes with suggestions for protection against various kinds of scams during the COVID-19 crisis.

"Five Tips to Decrease Social Isolation for Older People During COVID-19"

March 18, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes about how to help older adults stay connected through technology during the coronavirus crisis.

"Loving Our Elderly Neighbor During the Coronavirus"

March 16, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn co-writes in the Institute for Family Studies blog about keeping the elderly safe and healthy during the coronavirus crisis.

"Where Are All The Women Leaders?"

March 03, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on how a culture of overwork holds women back from top-level positions.

"For a Change of Heart, Would-Be Egg Donors Face Threats and Bills"

March 01, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by Salon on how little oversight there is for egg donation consent in the US.