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

"Getting The Most Out Of Telework"

January 22, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on how workers can respond to the challenges of telecommuting.

"Tips For Women – And Men – Who Want To Be Influencers"

January 16, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on steps that social media influencers can take to increase their influence and the money they earn per post.

"What Women – And Men – Need To Know To Do Their Best Negotiating"

January 12, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on tips for women to negotiate successfully in their careers.

"The Carole Ghosn Story: Legal Lessons Of A Wife’s Situation"

January 08, 2020

Naomi Cahn writes for Forbes on Carole Ghosn's rights as a wife in a US court of law if forced to testify against her husband.

"Women Don’t Self-Promote —And Why It Matters So Much"

December 18, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on why the culture of self-promotion in the scientific community hurts women.