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

"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.

“First Things First: Are You Gray and At Risk For Divorce?’’

July 05, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn's research is mentioned by the Chattanooga Times Free Press on low divorce rates for couples who are over 50 years of age.

"The Trouble with Fathering 114 Kids"

May 13, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted in The Atlantic about the psychological effects on donor-conceived children with large numbers of siblings.

"What Should Stay-At-Home Moms Get At Divorce?"

April 19, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about splitting assets between a stay-at-home parent and a working parent during a divorce.

“Love Is Easier To Find For Educated Whites’’

March 30, 2019

Naomi R. Cahn is quoted by Axios about the impact of the growing romantic opportunity divide.