Naomi R. Cahn

  • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Nancy L. Buc ’69 Research Professor in Democracy and Equity
  • Director, Family Law Center

Naomi Cahn is an expert in family law, trusts and estates, feminist jurisprudence, reproductive technology, and aging and the law. Prior to joining the University of Virginia faculty in 2020, she taught at George Washington Law School, where she twice served as associate dean. She is the director of UVA Law’s Family Law Center.

Cahn is a co-author of casebooks in both family law and trusts and estates, and she has written numerous articles exploring the intersections among family law, trusts and estates, and feminist theory, as well as essays concerning the connections between gender and international law. In addition, she is the author or editor of books written for both academic and trade publishers. Her books include “Red Families v. Blue Families” (Oxford University Press, 2010, with Professor June Carbone): “Homeward Bound” (Oxford University Press, 2017, with Amy Ziettlow); and “Unequal Family Lives” (Cambridge University Press, 2018, co-edited with UVA professor Brad Wilcox and others).

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker, and she has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR and MSNBC. She is also a senior contributor to the Forbes Leadership Channel, for which she regularly writes posts on gender equity.  

In 2017, Cahn won the Harry Krause Lifetime Achievement in Family Law Award from the University of Illinois College of Law. She has worked with the Uniform Law Commission as a reporter for two drafting committees. In addition to her work with the commission, Cahn is a member of the American Law Institute, an elected fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, associate editor of the ACTEC Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Foundation, among other commitments. She serves on the editorial board of the Family Court Review. In addition, she has chaired and been on the steering committee for some of the major Association of American Law Schools sections, such as Women in Legal Education, Family & Juvenile Law, Aging and Africa. From 2002-04, Cahn researched gender-based violence while on leave and living in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prior to joining the faculty at GW Law, Cahn practiced with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., and with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.


  • J.D.
    Columbia University School of Law
  • LL.M.
    Georgetown University Law Center
  • A.B.
    Princeton University


Contemporary Family Law (with Catherine J. Ross, Douglas E. Abrams, and Linda C. McClain) (West Academic, 2006; 2d ed. 2009; 3d ed. 2012; 4th ed. 2015; 5th ed. 2019).

Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Focus (with Alyssa DiRusso and Susan N. Gary) (Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas (ed. with June Carbone, Laurie Fields DeRose, and W. Bradford Wilcox) (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict (ed. with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dina Francesca Haynes and Nahla Valji) (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss (with Amy Ziettlow) (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Contemporary Trusts and Estates (with Susan N. Gary, Jerome Borison, and Paula A. Monopoli) (Wolters Kluwer, 2011 as Contemporary Approaches to Trusts & Estates Law; 2d ed. 2014 as Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach; 3d ed. 2017).

Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family (with June Carbone) (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Finding Our Families: A First-Of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families (with Wendy Kramer) (Avery, 2013).

The New Kinship: Constructing Donor-Conceived Families (New York University Press, 2012).

On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process (with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dina Francesca Haynes) (Oxford University Press, 2011). 

Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture (with June Carbone) (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulations (New York University Press, 2009).

Families by Law: An Adoption Reader (with Joan Heifetz Hollinger) (New York University Press, 2004).

Confinements: Fertility and Infertility in Contemporary Culture (with Helena Michie) (Rutgers University Press, 1997).

Domestic Violence: A Manual for Pro Bono Lawyers (with Leslye E. Orloff and Catherine F. Klein) (Ayuda, Inc., 1991).

Report on District of Columbia Police Response to Domestic Violence (with Karen Baker and Sandra Jean Sands) (D.C. Coalition Against Violence and The Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center, 1989).

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Justice for the Menopause: A Research Agenda,” 41 Colum. J. Gender & L. (forthcoming 2021.)

“CRISPR Parents and Informed Consent,” 23 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 3 (2020).

“The 100-Year Life and the New Family Law” (with Elizabeth S. Scott).

“Uncoupling” (with June Carbone).

“Gendered Complications of Covid-19: Towards a Feminist Recovery Plan” (with Linda C. McClain), Geo. J. Gender & Law (forthcoming 2020).

“Perspectives on Nonmarital Relationships” (with Albertina Antognini, Kaiponanea T. Matsumura and Emily J. Stolzenberg), 58 Fam. Ct. Rev. 142 (2020).

“Adapt Old Strategies to Fit New Family Arrangements” (with Kim Kamin), 47 Est. Plan., no. 1, 2020, at 30.

“Women, Rule-Breaking, and the Triple Bind” (with June Carbone and Nancy Levit), 87 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1105 (2019).

“Blackstonian Marriage, Gender, and Cohabitation” (with June Carbone), 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1247 (2019).

“Dismantling the Trusts and Estates Canon,” 2019 Wis. L Rev. 165.

“Discrimination by Design?” (with June Carbone and Nancy Levit), 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1 (2019).

“Digital Asset Planning for Minors” (with Natalie Banta), Prob. & Prop., Jan.-Feb. 2019, at 44.

“Planning for the Daily Care of a Minor in the Event of an Adult’s Incapacity or Death” (with Alyssa A. DiRusso), in Carmina Y. D’Aversa ed., Tax, Estates, and Lifetime Planning for Minors 167 (American Bar Association, 2d ed. 2019).

“Management of a Minor’s Digital Assets in the Event of Incapacity or Death” (with Matt Savare and John Wuntermute), in Carmina Y. D’Aversa ed., Tax, Estates, and Lifetime Planning for Minors 425 (American Bar Association, 2d ed. 2019).

“Surrogacy in the United States of America” (with June Carbone), in Jens M. Scherpe et al. eds., Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy 307 (Intersentia, 2019).

“The Golden Years, Gray Divorce, Pink Caretaking, and Green Money,” 52 Fam. L.Q. 57 (2018).

“The New “Art” of Family: Connecting Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Identity Rights,” 2018 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1443.

“Custody and Visitation in Families with Three (or More) Parents” (with June Carbone), 56 Fam. Ct. Rev. 399 (2018).

“Revisiting Revocation upon Divorce?,” 103 Iowa L. Rev. 1879 (2018); reprinted in 31 Minn. Fam. L. J. 155 (2018).

“Contraception Matters: Rights, Class, and Context,” 24 Wash. & Lee J. C.R. & Soc. Just. 529 (2018).

Sveen v. Melin: The Retro View of Revocation on Divorce Statutes,” Geo. Wash. L. Rev. On the Docket (2018).

“The Politics of Marriage Policy” (with June Carbone), 53 Austl. J. Pol. Sci. 385 (2018).

“Personal Religious Identity at the End of Life” (with Amy Ziettlow), in Robin Fretwell Wilson ed., The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law 515 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

“Law Reform, Constitutional Design, and Gender,” in On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process; reprinted in 1 Catherine A. MacKinnon ed., Gender in Constitutional Law 155 (Edward Elgar, 2018).

“Law Reform, Constitutional Design, and Gender,” in On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process; reprinted in 1 Catherine A. MacKinnon ed., Gender in Constitutional Law: Theoretical, Historical, and Empirical Analysis 155 (Edward Elgar, 2018).

Jane the Virgin and Other Stories of Unintentional Parenthood” (with June Carbone), 7 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 511 (2017).

“Gender and the Tournament: Reinventing Antidiscrimination Law in the Age of Inequality” (with June Carbone and Nancy Levit), 96 Tex. L. Rev. 425 (2018).
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“What’s Right About Knowing?,” 4 J. L. & Biosciences 377 (2017).

“Introduction” (with June Carbone), 35 Law & Ineq. 161 (2017) (symposium on Legal Feminism: Looking Back, Looking Forward and conference on The Family-Inequality Debate: A Workshop on Coercion, Class, and Paternal Participation).

Moore’s Potential” (with June Carbone), 85 Fordham L. Rev. 2589 (2017).

“Parents, Babies, and More Parents” (with June Carbone), 92 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 9 (2017).

“Nonmarriage” (with June Carbone), 76 Md. L. Rev. 55 (2016).

“Editors’ Introduction: Honoring Our Parents” (with Amy Ziettlow), 31 J. L. & Religion 115 (2016).

“Incomplete Dispositions,” 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 259 (2016).
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“Marriage and the Marital Presumption Post-Obergefell” (with June Carbone), 84 UMKC L. Rev. 663 (2016).

“Religion and End-of-Life Decision-Making” (with Amy Ziettlow), 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1713.

“Unequal Terms: Gender, Power, and the Recreation of Hierarchy” (with June Carbone), 69 Stud. L. Pol. & Soc’y 189 (2016).

“Digital Assets and Fiduciaries” (with Suzanne Brown Walsh and Christina L. Kunz), in John A. Rothchild ed., Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law 91 (Edward Elgar, 2016).

“A New Look at Demographics, Family Stability, and Politics” (with June Carbone and Howard Levine), in Karlyn Gowman and Ruy Teixeira eds., Perspectives on Demographic Change and Public Policy:  The Workforce, the Family, and the Social Contract (American Enterprise Institute, 2016) (ebook).

“The Uncertain Legal Basis for the New Kinship,” 36 J. Fam. Issues 501 (2015).

Young v. United Parcel Service” (with June Carbone), Geo. Wash. L. Rev. On the Docket (2015).

“Class, Politics, Gender and the Marriage Divide in the United States” (with June Carbone), 4 Families, Relationships & Societies 163 (2015).

“Growing Inequality and Children” (with June Carbone), 23 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 283 (2015).

“Introduction: Symposium on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law” (with June Carbone), 49 Fam. L.Q. 1 (2015).

“‘Making Things Fair': An Empirical Study of How People Approach the Wealth Transmission System” (with Amy Ziettlow), 22 Elder L.J. 325 (2015).

“The Honor Commandment: Law, Religion, and the Challenge of Elder Care” (with Amy Ziettlow), 30 J.L. & Religion 229 (2015).

“The Triple System for Regulating Women's Reproduction” (with June Carbone), 43 J.L. Med. & Ethics 275 (2015).

“Contemporary Trusts and Estates--An Experiential Approach” (with Jerome Borison, Susan N. Gray, and Paula A. Monopoli), 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 727 (2014).

“Digital Planning” (with Amy Ziettlow), Probate and Property, May-June 2014, at 22.

“Do Tell! The Rights of Donor-Conceived Offspring,” 42 Hofstra L. Rev. 1077 (2014).

“Fully Informed Consent for Prospective Egg Donors” (with Jennifer Collins), 16 Virtual Mentor 49 (2014).

“Probate Law Meets the Digital Age,” 67 Vand. L. Rev. 1697 (2014).

“A Gendered Reading of Security and Security Reform in Post-Conflict Societies” (with Dina Haynes and Fionnula Ni Aolain), in Doris Buss et al. eds., Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies 193 (Routledge, 2014).

“Legal Kinship and Connection in U.S. Donor Families,” in Tabitha Freeman et al. eds., Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins, and Identities 113 (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

“Digital Planning: The Future of Elder Law” (with Gerry W. Beyer), 9 NAELA J. 135 (2013).

“Is Marriage for Rich Men?” (with June Carbone), 13 Nev. L.J. 386 (2013).

“Part I: Planning for a Client's Digital Assets” (with Melinda Dudley), Elder L. Rep., July-Aug. 2013, at 1.

“The End of Men or the Rebirth of Class?” (with June Carbone), 93 B.U. L. Rev. 871 (2013).

“The Gender/Class Divide: Reproduction, Privilege, and the Workplace” (with June Carbone), 8 FIU L. Rev. 287 (2013).

“The Triple System of Family Law” (with June Carbone), 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1185 (2013).

“Who's the Father?” (with June Carbone), 93 B.U. L. Rev. Annex 55 (2013).
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“The Past, Present and Future of the Marital Presumption” (with June Carbone), in Bill Atkin and Fareda Banda eds., The International Survey of Family Law 387 (Family Law, 2013).

“Legal Parent Versus Biological Parent: The Impact of Disclosure,” 19 J.L. & Med. 790 (2012).

“The New Kinship,” 100 Geo. L.J. 367 (2012).

“When You Pass On, Don't Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets” (with Gerry W. Beyer), Probate & Property, Jan.-Feb. 2012, at 40.

“Masculinities and Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies” (with Dina Haynes and Fionnula Ni Aolain), in Frank Ruby Cooper and Ann C. McGinley eds., Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach 231 (New York University Press, 2012).

“Red v. Blue Marriage” (with June Carbone), in Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth S. Scott eds., Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families 9 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

“Gendering Constitutional Design in Post-Conflict Societies” (with Francesca Haynes and Fionnuala Ni Aolain), 17 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 509 (2011).

“Marriage, Parentage, and Child Support” (with June Carbone), 45 Family L.Q. 219 (2011).

“No Secrets: Openness and Donor-Conceived 'Half-Siblings,'” 39 Cap. U. L. Rev. 313 (2011).

“Old Lessons for a New World: Applying Adoption Research and Experience to ART” (with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute), 24 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law. 1 (2011).

“Postmortem Life On-Line,” Probate & Property, July-Aug. 2011, at 36.

“Embryo Fundamentalism” (with June Carbone), 18 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1015 (2010).

“Hirsch Lecture: Gender, Masculinities, and Transition in Conflicted Societies” (with Fionnuala Ni Aolain), 44 New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2010).

“Protect and Preserve?,” 13 New Crim. L. Rev. 127 (2010) (symposium on Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties).

“Returning Home: Women in Post-Conflict Societies” (with Dina Haynes and Fionnuala Ni Aolain), 39 U. Balt. L. Rev. 339 (2010) (symposium on Applied Feminism and Marginalized Communities).

“Accidental Incest: Drawing the Line — or the Curtain? — for Reproduction Technology,” 32 Harv. J.L. & Gender 59 (2009).

“Embryo Exchanges and Adoption Tax Credits" (with Sarah Lawsky), 122 Tax Notes 1365 (2009); reprinted in 52 State Tax Notes 927 (2009).

“Family Classes: Rethinking Contraceptive Choice” (with June Carbone), 20 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 361 (2009).

“Necessary Subjects: The Need for a Mandatory National Donor Gamete Databank,” 12 DePaul J. Health Care L. 203 (2009).

“Behavioral Biology, the Rational Actor Model, and the New Feminist Agenda” (with June Carbone), in Dana L. Gold ed., Law and Economics: Toward Social Justice 189 (Emerald, 2009).

“Parens Patriae” (with Catherine J. Ross), in Richard A. Shweder, et al. eds., The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

“Placing Children in Context: Parents, Foster Care, and Poverty,” in Martha Albertson Fineman and Karen Worthington eds., What Is Right for Children: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights 145 (Ashgate, 2009).

“Towards a Typology of Corporate Responsibility in Different Governance Contexts: What to Do in the Absence of Responsible Country Governance” (with Anthony Gambino), 39 Geo. J. Int’l L. 655 (2008) (symposium on Global Sourcing and the Global Lawyer).

“Deep Purple: Religious Shades of Family Law” (with June Carbone), 110 W. Va. L. Rev. 459 (2007) (symposium on The Religion Clauses in the 21st Century).

“Family,” in William G. Staples ed., Encyclopedia of Privacy 217 (Greenwood Press, 2007).

“Examining the Biological Bases of Family Law: Lessons to be Learned for the Evolutionary Analysis of Law” (with June Carbone), 2 Int’l J.L. Context 277 (2006).

“Poor Children: Child 'Witches' and Child Soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa,” 3 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 413 (2006).

“State Representation of Children's Interests,” 40 Fam. L.Q. 109 (2006). 

“The Class Ceiling” (with Michael Selmi), 65 Md. L. Rev. 435 (2006).

“Women in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dilemmas and Directions,” 12 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 335 (2006).

“Child Witnessing of Domestic Violence,” in Nancy Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer and Robin Fretwell Wilson eds., Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence 3-20 (Sage Publications, 2006).

“Planning Options for the Daily Care of a Minor in the Event of an Adult's Incapacity or Death,” in Carmina Y. D’Aversa ed., Tax, Estate, and Lifetime Planning for Minors 125 (American Bar Association, 2006).

“Beyond Retribution and Impunity: Responding to War Crimes of Sexual Violence,” 1 Stan. J. C.R. & C.L. 217 (2005).

Roe and Its Global Impact(with Anne T. Goldstein), 6 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 695 (2004).

“Adoptees, Families, Stepfamilies, and Inheritance,” 8 Adoption Q. 57 (2004).

“Corporate Governance Divergence and Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Out Here in the Fields,” 33 Stetson L. Rev. 893 (2004).

“The Biological Basis of Commitment: Does One Size Fit All?” (with June Carbone), 25 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 223 (2004).

“Adoptees' Inheritance Rights” (with Joan Heifetz Hollinger), in Naomi R. Cahn and Joan Heifetz Hollinger eds., Families by Law: An Adoption Reader 78 (New York University Press, 2004).

“Adoption, Identity and the Constitution: The Case for Opening Closed Records” (with Jana Singer), in Naomi R. Cahn and Joan Heifetz Hollinger eds., Families by Law: An Adoption Reader 153 (New York University Press, 2004).

“Family Issue(s),” in Naomi R. Cahn and Joan Heifetz Hollinger eds., Families by Law: An Adoption Reader 270 (New York University Press, 2004).

“Perfect Substitutes or the Real Thing?,” in Naomi R. Cahn and Joan Heifetz Hollinger eds., Families by Law: An Adoption Reader 19 (New York University Press, 2004).

“Battered Women, Child Maltreatment, Prison, and Poverty: Issues for Theory and Practice,” 11 Am U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L.  355 (2003).

“Caretaking and the Contradiction of Contemporary Policy” (with Michael Selmi), 55 Me. L. Rev. 289 (2003).

“Perfect Substitutes or the Real Thing?,” 52 Duke L.J. 1077 (2003). 

“Which Ties Bind? Redefining the Parent-Child Relationship in an Age of Genetic Certainty” (with June Carbone), 11 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1071 (2003).

“Birthing Relationships,” 17 Wis. Women’s L.J. 163 (2002).

“Faithless Wives and Lazy Husbands: Gender Norms in Nineteenth-Century Divorce Law,” 2002 U. Ill. L. Rev. 651 (2002).

“Parenthood, Genes, and Gametes: The Family Law and Trusts and Estates Perspectives,” 32 U. Mem. L. Rev. 563 (2002).

“The Coin of the Realm: Poverty and the Commodification of Gendered Labor,” 5 J. Gender Race & Just. 1 (2001).

“Children's Interests and Information Disclosure: Who Provided the Egg and Sperm? Or Mommy, Where (and Whom) Do I Come From?,” 2 Geo. J. Gender L. 1 (2000).

“Collecting Child Support: A History of Federal and State Initiatives” (with Jean C. Murphy), 34 Clearinghouse Rev. 165 (2000).

“Policing Women: Moral Arguments and the Dilemmas of Criminalization,” 49 DePaul L. Rev. 817 (2000).

“The Power of Caretaking,” 12 Yale J.L. & Feminism 177 (2000).

“Adoption, Identity, and the Constitution: The Case for Opening Closed Records” (with Jane Singer), 2 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 150 (1999).

“Children's Interests in a Familial Context: Poverty, Foster Care, and Adoption,” 60 Ohio St. L.J. 1189 (1999).

“Gendered Identities: Women and Household Work,” 44 Vill. L. Rev. 525 (1999).

“Models of Family Privacy,” 67 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1225 (1999).

“Subsidy for Caretaking in Families: Lessons from Foster Care” (with Catherine Ross), 8 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 55 (1999).

“Dependency and Delegation: The Ethics of Marital Representation” (with Robert Tuttle), 22 Seattle U. L. Rev. 97 (Summer 1998).

“Reframing Child Custody Decision-Making,” 58 Ohio. St. L.J. 1 (1997).

“Representing Race outside of Explicitly Racialized Contexts,” 95 Mich. L. Rev. 965 (1997) (symposium on Representing Race).

“The Moral Complexities of Family Law,” 50 Stan. L. Rev. 225 (1997).

“Pragmatic Questions about Parental Liability Statutes,” 1996 Wis. L. Rev. 399 (1996) (symposium on Juvenile Justice Reform).

“Child Abuse: A Problem for Feminist Theory” (with Marie Ashe), in D. Kelly Weisberg ed., Applications of Feminist Legal Theory to Women's Lives: Sex, Violence, Work, and Reproduction 916 (Temple University Press, 1996).

“Unnatural Births: Cesarean Sections in the Discourse of the 'Natural Childbirth' Movement” (with Helena Mitchie), in Carolyn Sargent and Caroline Brettell eds., Gender and Health: An International Perspective 44 (Prentice Hall, 1996).

“Domestic Violence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Toward a New Agenda” (with Joan Meier), 4 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 339 (1995).

“Forward: Responsible Lawyers,” 63 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 921 (1995) (symposium on Community, Pluralism and Professional Responsibility).

“Family Issue(s),” 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 325 (Winter 1994).

“Family Law, Federalism, and the Federal Courts,” 79 Iowa L. Rev. 1073 (1994).

“Child Abuse: A Problem for Feminist Theory,” 2 Tex. J. Women & L. 75 (1993) (symposium on New Perspectives on Women and Violence, Part 1).

“Inconsistent Stories,” 81 Geo. L.J. 2475 (1993).

“The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Contemporary Proceedings,” 61 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1754 (1993) (panel discussion response to Lon L. Fuller, 62 Harv. L. Rev. 616 (1949)).

“Double Jeopardy and Enforcement of Civil Protection Orders” (with Joan Meier), 1 Tex. J. Women & L. 269 (1992).

“Speaking Differences: The Rules and Relationships of Litigants' Discourses,” 90 Mich. L. Rev. 1705 (1992).

“Styles of Lawyering,” 43 Hastings L.J. 1039 (1992).

“The Looseness of Legal Language: The Reasonable Woman Standard in Theory and in Practice,” 77 Cornell L. Rev. 1398 (1992).

“Civil Images of Battered Women: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Child Custody Decisions,” 44 Vand. L. Rev. 1041 (1991).

“Defining Feminist Litigation,” 14 Harv. Women’s L.J. 1 (1991).

“A Preliminary Feminist Critique of Legal Ethics,” 4 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 23 (1990) (symposium on Gender and Legal Ethics).

“The Next Best Thing: Transferred Clients in a Legal Clinic” (with Norman G. Schneider), 36 Cath. U. L. Rev. 367 (1987).

“Zoning, Porno, and the First Amendment,” 9 Update on Law-Related Educ. 38 (1985).

Book Reviews:

Book Review, 56 Society 524 (2019) (reviewing Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson, Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin (2019)).

“Divorce American Style” (with Jana Singer), 50 Fam. L. Q. 139 (2016) (reviewing Wendy Paris, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well (2016)).

Book Review (with June Carbone), 65 J. Legal Educ. 242 (2015) (reviewing Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (2014)).

“Continuity and Caregiving: Comments on Someday All This Will Be Yours,” 40 Law & Soc. Inquiry 492 (2015) (reviewing Hendrik Hartog, Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age (2012)).

“Learning Lessons,” 49 Fam. L.Q. 535 (2015) (reviewing Catherine J. Ross, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights (2015)).

“Reality and the Family Courts” (with June Carbone), J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law 309 (2015) (reviewing Jane Murphy and Jana Singer, Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution 309 (2015)).

“Whither/Wither Alimony?” (with June Carbone), 93 Tex L. Rev. 925 (2015) (reviewing Cynthia Lee Starnes, The Marriage Buyout: The Troubled Trajectory of U.S. Alimony Law (2014)).

Book Review (with June Carbone), 48 Fam. L.Q. 211 (2014) (reviewing Herbie DeFonzo and Ruther Stern, Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families (2013)).

Book Review, 67 J. Marriage & Fam. 1348 (2005) (reviewing Michael Mello, Legalizing Gay Marriage (2005)).

“Race, Poverty, History, Adoption, and Child Abuse: Connections,” 36 Law & Soc’y Rev. 461 (2002) (reviewing Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002), and E. Wayne ed., Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives (2002)).

“Looking at Marriage,” 98 Mich. L. Rev. 1766 (2000) (reviewing Milton C. Regan, Jr., Alone Together: Law and the Meanings of Marriage (1999)).

“The Moral Complexities of Family Law,” 50 Stan. L. Rev. 225 (1997) (reviewing Nancy E. Dowd, In Defense of Single Families (1997) and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, The Divorce Culture (1997)).

“Family Issue(s),” 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 325 (1994) (reviewing Elizabeth Bartholet, Family Bonds: Adoption and the Policies of Parenting (1994)).

“Speaking Differences: The Rules and Relationships of Litigants’ Discourses,” 90 Mich. L. Rev. 1705 (1992) (reviewing John M. Conley and William M. O’Barr, Rules versus Relationships (1992)).


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Three Steps to Interrupt Bias at Work,” Forbes (Dec. 4, 2019).

Is Egg Freezing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?,” Forbes (Nov. 8, 2019).

Why the Gender Pay Gap Took Center Stage in Michelle Williams’s Emmy Speech,” Forbes (Sept. 23, 2019).

Why the Question of What’s Going to Happen to Jeffrey Epstein’s Money Is So Complicated,” Forbes (Aug. 15, 2019).

Fertility Centers Will Keep Inflicting Pain on Families Until the Government Steps In,” USA Today (Sept. 6, 2019).

When Fertility Clinics Get it Wrong,” Forbes (Aug. 8, 2019). 

Paying for Invaluable Work,” Forbes (July 26, 2019).

What Should Stay-At-Home Moms Get at Divorce?,” Forbes (Apr. 19, 2019).

The Sandwich Generation on Wheels: Tips for Long-Distance Family Caregivers” (with Amy Ziettlow), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Feb. 21, 2019).

Small Change? How Our Daily Purchases Can Make a Difference,” Forbes (Jan. 17, 2019).

Fairness for Christine Blasey Ford,” Forbes (Sept. 20, 2018).

Planning Now for Later,” Forbes (June 25, 2018).

Three Tips to Find Meaning in Your Job,” Forbes (May 2, 2018).

The Economics of Family Behavior” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Feb. 8, 2018).

Updating Red Families vs. Blue Families” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Dec. 7, 2017).

The Digital Afterlife Is a Mess,” Slate (Nov. 29, 2017).

A Closer Look at the Jobs with the Highest and Lowest Divorce Rates” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Oct. 16, 2017).

The Key to the “Success Sequence,” Blue-Style” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (July 18, 2017),

Eating With Meals On Wheels This Mother’s Day” (with Amy Ziettlow), HuffPost (May 4, 2017).

Who is at Risk for a Gray Divorce? It Depends” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (May 1, 2017).

Homeward Bound: Lessons on Modern Families and Elder Care” (with Amy Ziettlow), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Apr. 12, 2017).

New Research on Unmarried Mothers and Family Formation” (with June Carbone), Inst. for Fam. Stud. Blog (Apr. 6, 2017).

“Sofia Vergara, Frozen Embryos – and Trust Law?,” Concurring Opinions (Dec. 10, 2016).

Protect Those You Love in Divorce, and Remarriage,” Splitopia (Oct. 5, 2016).

“Nine to Five Book Symposium,” Concurring Opinions (June 11, 2016).

The Marriage Calculus” (with June Carbone), aeon (Apr. 20, 2015).

Why Do You Need a Lawyer, Anyway?,” Path2Parenthood (Apr. 14, 2015).

Don't Get Married Until You Know Who You're Going to Be When You Grow Up” (with June Carbone), Forbes Leadership Forum (May 4, 2015).

“Women, Eldercare, and the Honor Commandment” (with M. Christian Green and Amy Ziettlow), Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (Sept. 8, 2014).

Why We Wrote This Book: June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family” (with June Carbone), Hamilton and Griffin on Rights (Dec, 9, 2014).

The New Kinship,” Gender & Society (Apr. 15, 2014).

Inequality and Marriage” (with June Carbone), The Chronicle Review, May 16, 2014.

The New Math of the Single Mother” (with June Carbone), Politico Magazine (Oct. 13, 2014).

“Review of The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, by Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit,” Concurring Opinions (June 18, 2014).

Does Abortion Lead to More Stable Marriages?” (with June Carbone), Slate (Jan. 22, 2013).

“Knot Yet What? How to Build Stronger Families” (with June Carbone), Knot Yet (Apr. 4, 2013).

Caregiving in a Digital World” (with Amy Ziettlow), Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation (May 24, 2013).

Assisted Reproduction: When Does a Father Become One?” (with June Carbone), Op-Ed., L.A. Times (Aug. 12, 2013).

Emailing a Sperm Donor: 'You May Want to Sit Down'” (with Wendy Kramer), N.Y. Times (Dec. 16, 2013).

Red Families v. Blue Families Revisited” (with June Carbone), OUPblog (Sept. 12, 2012).

“How to Choose an Infertility Attorney” (with Heather Ross), American Fertility Association (July 6, 2012).

“State Budget Cuts: The Undeclared War on the Middle Class” (with June Carbone), New Deal 2.0: A Project of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (Nov. 18, 2010).

“Between Two Mommies (Same-Sex Couples Raising Children Together),” Legal Times (Feb. 28, 2005).

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