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
[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

“If Someone Wants to Create Gene-Edited Babies, Who Would Stop Them?”

November 26, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Verge about genetically editing embryos and the need for regulators to start developing more guidelines.

"When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed"

October 01, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in Marie Claire about the lack of regulation and transparency regarding fertility clinics and their success rates and mishaps.

"Fairness for Ford"

September 20, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America"

August 04, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is mentioned in The New York Times regarding the differing attitudes about the role of women.

"Trump's 'Purple' Family Values"

July 01, 2018

Naomi R. Cahn is mentioned in The New York Times regarding her co-authored book, Red Families v. Blue Families.