The award recognized her extensive scholarly contributions to the understanding of the family and family law.
Naomi R. Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, was awarded the Harry Krause Lifetime Achievement in Family Law Award by the University of Illinois College of Law on September 14. The award recognized Professor Cahn's extensive scholarly contributions to the understanding of the family and family law. The law school also highlighted her impact in shaping family law through her writing, advocacy, public service, and mentoring of younger colleagues in the field. Having written eleven books and numerous law review articles, Professor Cahn's work spans a wide number of family law topics including feminist jurisprudence, reproductive technology, marriage, elder care, trusts and estates, and fertility.
Professor Cahn was the fourth recipient of the Harry Krause Family Law Award. Previous awardees include:
- Harry D. Krause, Max L. Rowe Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois College of Law, for whom the award is named;
- William Eskridge Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at the Yale Law School;
- John Witte Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory Law.
During the event, Professor Cahn also gave a lecture on how developments in reproductive technologies foster difficult questions and policy choices about the legal rights and responsibilities in these new families.
Professor Cahn continues to research and write on emerging trends and legal issues related to family law.