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

“DNA Test Kits Revealed Cincinnati Fertility Clinic Used Stranger’s Sperm"

August 07, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Columbus Dispatch on a lawsuit filed against an Ohio fertility clinic.

“Suit: Ohio Fertility Clinic Swapped Father’s DNA"

August 07, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by Nexstar Media Group on how some fertility clinics do not comply with the CDC even with lax regulation.

"'Tragedy at the Hands Of a Fertility Clinic': Family Sues Over Sperm Swap"

August 07, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Washington Examiner on how the growing fertility industry has outpaced regulations.

"Paying For Invaluable Work"

July 26, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn writes for Forbes on a new tool that calculates the real cost of child-related responsibilities into a "parent salary."

"IVF Mix-Ups Have Broken the Definition of Parenthood"

July 11, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by The Atlantic on the ambiguity of the genetic and gestational parent's rights in fertility-clinic mix-ups.