Naomi R. Cahn

Naomi Cahn
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development; Harold H. Greene Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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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.

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

In the News

"Planning Now for Later"

June 25, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about the importance of long-term planning for financial and personal needs.

"Her Son Is One Of The Few Children To Have 3 Parents' DNA"

June 06, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by NPR about parents' fears related to the picking and choosing of traits for their children.

"Encouragement for New Moms"

May 11, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in the Institute for Family Studies about motherhood.

"Three Tips To Find Meaning In Your Job"

May 02, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about the workplace and shares tips that will help people find more meaning in what they do.

"Thousands of Frozen Eggs Potentially Damaged After 2 Clinics Suffer Equipment Malfunctions"

March 13, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in Jezebel about federal regulations involving the egg freezing industry.