Naomi Schoenbaum

Naomi Schoenbaum
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Naomi Schoenbaum is an Associate Professor of Law whose primary interests are employment law, antidiscrimination law, and gender. Professor Schoenbaum’s research contains two main strands. She studies law at the juncture of employment and family, looking at the legal regulation of subjects such as geographic mobility, workplace relationships, and the sharing economy. Professor Schoenbaum also studies the design of antidiscrimination law, particularly the law of sex discrimination. Her current work is focused on the ways the law continues to permit sex classifications in areas that are wrongly considered wholly biological phenomena, including pregnancy and breastfeeding. Her scholarship has appeared or will appear in the Alabama Law ReviewColumbia Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewWisconsin Law Review, and Yale Law Journal Forum, among other journals. She has also written for popular publications such as The New RepublicThe Atlantic, and Slate.

Professor Schoenbaum is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender and worked on a study of gender at Harvard Law School, and of Yale University, where she edited Aurora magazine. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Schoenbaum was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering academia, Professor Schoenbaum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Partnership for Women and Families, and as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of the law firm Sidley Austin.

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BA, Yale University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"The New Law of Gender Nonconformity"

December 02, 2020
Naomi Schoenbaum discussed on the Minnesota Law Review's "Experto Crede" podcast her article about transgender discrimination in the law.

"The Supreme Court Victory for Transgender Women Is a Win for All Women"

June 15, 2020

Naomi Schoenbaum writes in Slate how the SCOTUS decision on transgender rights is a win for women's rights.

"Women and the Frontlines of COVID-19"

April 05, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn writes in Forbes about the ways COVID-19 is impacting women, quoting Naomi Schoenbaum and Joan S. Meier.

"Where Are All The Women Leaders?"

March 03, 2020

Naomi Schoenbaum is quoted by Forbes on how both men and women lose out on family time when they work long hours.

"Do Women And Men Have A Confidence Gap?"

February 26, 2020

Naomi Schoenbaum is quoted by Forbes on how women are punished for self-promoting in the workplace.