Naomi R. Cahn

  • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Nancy L. Buc ’69 Research Professor in Democracy and Equity
  • Co-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 co-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, 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


Family Law for the One-Hundred-Year Life (with Clare Huntington & Elizabeth S. Scott), Yale Law Journal (2023).
The 100-Year Life and the New Family Law (with Elizabeth S. Scott) (2021).


Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Focus (with Alyssa DiRusso & Susan N. Gary), Wolters Kluwer (2019).
Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict (with Dina Francesca Haynes, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin & Nahla Valji), Oxford University Press (2018).
Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas (edited with June Carbone, Laurie Fields DeRose & W. Bradford Wilcox), Cambridge University Press (2018).
Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss (with Amy Ziettlow), Oxford University Press (2017).
Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family (with June Carbone), Oxford University Press (2014).
On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process (with Dina Francesca Haynes & Fionnuala Ní Aoláin), Oxford University Press (2011).
Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture (with June Carbone), Oxford University Press (2010).
Families by Law: An Adoption Reader (with Joan Heifetz Hollinger), NYU 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 Catherine F. Klein & Leslye E. Orloff), Ayuda, Inc. (1 ed. 1991).
Report on District of Columbia Police Response to Domestic Violence (with Karen Baker & Sandra Jean Sands), D.C. Coalition Against Violence and The Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center (1989).


Contemporary Family Law (with Douglas E. Abrams, Linda C. McClain & Catherine J. Ross), West Academic (1–5 ed. 2006–2019).
Contemporary Trusts and Estates (with Jerome Borison, Susan N. Gary & Paula A. Monopoli), Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (1–3 ed. 2011–2017).

Book Chapters

Family Law and Emotion (with June Carbone), in Research Handbook on Law and Emotion, Edward Elgar Publishing, 197–214 (2021).
Management of a Minor’s Digital Assets in the Event of Incapacity or Death (with Matt Savare & John Wuntermute), in Tax, Estates, and Lifetime Planning for Minors, American Bar Association, 425 (2 ed. 2019).
Planning for the Daily Care of a Minor in the Event of an Adult’s Incapacity or Death (with Alyssa A. DiRusso), in Tax, Estates, and Lifetime Planning for Minors, American Bar Association, 167 (2 ed. 2019).
Surrogacy in the United States of America (with June Carbone), in Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy, Intersentia, 307 (2019).
Personal Religious Identity at the End of Life (with Amy Ziettlow), in The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law, Cambridge University Press, 515 (2018).
A New Look at Demographics, Family Stability, and Politics (with June Carbone & Howard Levine), in Perspectives on Demographic Change and Public Policy: The Workforce, the Family, and the Social Contract, American Enterprise Institute (2016).
Digital Assets and Fiduciaries (with Christina L. Kunz & Suzanne Brown Walsh), in Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law, Edward Elgar, 91 (2016).
A Gendered Reading of Security and Security Reform in Post-Conflict Societies (with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin & Dina Francesca Haynes), in Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: International Agendas and African Contexts, Routledge, 193 (2014).
Legal Kinship and Connection in U.S. Donor Families, in Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins, and Identities, Cambridge University Press, 113 (2014).
The Past, Present and Future of the Marital Presumption (with June Carbone), in The International Survey of Family Law, Family Law, 387 (2013).
Masculinities and Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies (with Fionnula Ní Aolaín & Dina Francesca Haynes), in Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach, NYU Press (2012).
Red v. Blue Marriage, in Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families, Cambridge University Press, 9 (2012).
Law Reform, Constitutional Design, and Gender, in On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process, Oxford University Press (2011).
Behavioral Biology, the Rational Actor Model, and the New Feminist Agenda (with June Carbone), in Law and Economics: Toward Social Justice, Emerald, 189 (2009).
Parens Patriae (with Catherine J. Ross), in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, University of Chicago Press (2009).
Placing Children in Context: Parents, Foster Care, and Poverty, in What Is Right for Children: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights, Ashgate, 145 (2009).
Family, in Encyclopedia of Privacy, Greenwood, 217 (2007).
Child Witnessing of Domestic Violence, in Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence, Sage Publications, 3–20 (2006).
Planning Options for the Daily Care of a Minor in the Event of an Adult's Incapacity or Death, in Tax, Estate, and Lifetime Planning for Minors, American Bar Association, 125 (2006).
Adoptees' Inheritance Rights (with Joan Heifetz Hollinger), in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader, NYU Press, 78 (2004).
Adoption, Identity and the Constitution: The Case for Opening Closed Records (with Jana Singer), in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader, NYU Press, 153 (2004).
Family Issue(s), in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader, NYU Press, 270 (2004).
Perfect Substitutes or the Real Thing?, in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader, NYU Press, 19 (2004).
Unnatural Births: Cesarean Sections in the Discourse of the 'Natural Childbirth' Movement (with Helena Mitchie), in Gender and Health: An International Perspective, Prentice Hall, 44 (2003).
Child Abuse: A Problem for Feminist Theory (with Marie Ashe), in Applications of Feminist Legal Theory to Women's Lives: Sex, Violence, Work, and Reproduction, Temple University Press, 916 (1993).

Articles & Reviews

The Price of Exit (with Eleanor Brown & June Carbone), 99 Washington University Law Review 1897 (2022).
Let Kids Be Kids (reviewing Kristin Henning, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth) JOTWELL (2022).
Fertility, Immigration, and Public Support for Parenting (with Eleanor Brown & June Carbone), 90 Fordham Law Review 2485–2507 (2022).
Nonmarital Cohabitants: The US Approach (with Barbara Atwood), 44 Houston Journal of International Law 191 (2022).
The Instrumental Case for Corporate Diversity (with June Carbone & Nancy Levit), 40 Law & Inequality 117–153 (2022).
The Art of Regulating ART (with Sonia M. Suter), 96 Chicago-Kent Law Review 29–86 (2022).
Contextualizing Menopause in the Law (with Bridget J. Crawford & Emily Gold Waldman), 45 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1–70 (2022).
Managing and Monitoring the Menopausal Body (with Bridget J. Crawford & Emily Gold Waldman), 2022 University of Chicago Legal Forum 41–81 (2022).
Working Through Menopause (with Bridget J. Crawford & Emily Gold Waldman), 99 Washington University Law Review 1531 (2022).
Symposium introduction (with Micah J. Schwartzman & Gregg Strauss), Family Court Review 1–3 (2021).
Justice for the Menopause: A Research Agenda, 41 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 27–38 (2021).
Gendered Complications of COVID-19: Towards a Feminist Recovery Plan (with Linda C. McClain), 22 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 1–56 (2021).
Uncoupling (with June Carbone), 53 Arizona State Law Journal 1–63 (2021).
Inside History (with June Carbone) Balkinization (2020).
What's Wrong About the Elective Share "Right"?, 53 University of California Davis Law Review 2087–2124 (2020).
Blackstonian Marriage, Gender, and Cohabitation (with June Carbone), 51 Arizona State Law Journal 1247–1283 (2020).
Adapt Old Strategies to Fit New Family Arrangements (with Kim Kamin), 47 Estate Planning 30–35 (2020).
Changing Demographics, Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates, 46 ACTEC Law Journal 15–21 (2020).
CRISPR Parents and Informed Consent, 23 SMU Science & Technology Law Review 3–30 (2020).
Expanding Nonmarital Relationships (with Albertina Antognini & Kaiponanea T. Matsumura), 58 Family Court Review 968–969 (2020).
Perspectives on Nonmarital Relationships (with Albertina Antognini, Kaiponanea T. Matsumura & Emily J. Stolzenberg), 58 Family Court Review 142–144 (2020).
Digital Asset Planning for Minors (with Natalie Banta), Probate & Property 44–47 (2019).
Discrimination by Design? (with June Carbone & Nancy Levit), 51 Arizona State Law Journal 1–69 (2019).
Dismantling the Trusts and Estates Canon, 2019 Wisconsin Law Review 165–189 (2019).
Review of Hertz & Nelson, Random Families (reviewing Rosanna Hertz & Margaret K. Nelson, Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin) 56 Society 524 (2019).
Women, Rule-Breaking, and the Triple Bind (with June Carbone & Nancy Levit), 87 George Washington Law Review 1105–1162 (2019).
Revisiting Revocation upon Divorce?, 103 Iowa Law Review 1879–1914 (2018).
Contraception Matters: Rights, Class, and Context, 24 Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice 529–560 (2018).
Custody and Visitation in Families with Three (or More) Parents (with June Carbone), 56 Family Court Review 399–409 (2018).
Gender and the Tournament: Reinventing Antidiscrimination Law in the Age of Inequality (with June Carbone & Nancy Levit), 96 Texas Law Review 425–488 (2018).
Revisiting Revocation upon Divorce?, 31 Minnesota Family Law Journal 155 (2018).
Sveen v. Melin: The Retro View of Revocation on Divorce Statutes, George Washington Law Review on the Docket (2018).
The Golden Years, Gray Divorce, Pink Caretaking, and Green Money, 52 Family Law Quarterly 57–86 (2018).
The New “Art” of Family: Connecting Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Identity Rights, 2018 University of Illinois Law Review 1443–1471 (2018).
The Politics of Marriage Policy (with June Carbone), 53 Australian Journal of Political Science 385–397 (2018).
Parents, Babies, and More Parents (with June Carbone), 92 Chicago-Kent Law Review 9 (2017).
Jane the Virgin and Other Stories of Unintentional Parenthood (with June Carbone), 7 UC Irvine Law Review 511–543 (2017).
Moore’s Potential (with June Carbone), 85 Fordham Law Review 2589 (2017).
What’s Right About Knowing?, 4 Journal of Law & Biosciences 377 (2017).
Divorce American Style (with Jana Singer) (reviewing Wendy Paris, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well) 50 Family Law Quarterly 139 (2016).
Editors’ Introduction: Honoring Our Parents (with Amy Ziettlow), 31 Journal of Law & Religion 115 (2016).
Incomplete Dispositions, 73 Washington & Lee Law Review Online 259 (2016).
Marriage and the Marital Presumption Post-Obergefell (with June Carbone), 84 University of Missouri, Kansas City Law Review 663 (2016).
Nonmarriage (with June Carbone), 76 Maryland Law Review 55 (2016).
Religion and End-of-Life Decision-Making (with Amy Ziettlow), 2016 University of Illinois Law Review 1713 (2016).
Unequal Terms: Gender, Power, and the Recreation of Hierarchy (with June Carbone), 69 Studies in Law, Politics, & Society 189 (2016).
Class, Politics, Gender and the Marriage Divide in the United States (with June Carbone), 4 Families, Relations, & Societies 163–169 (2015).
Continuity and Caregiving: Comments on Someday All This Will Be Yours (reviewing Hendrik Hartog, Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age) 40 Law & Social Inquiry 492 (2015).
Growing Inequality and Children (with June Carbone), 23 American University Journal of Gender, Society, Policy, & Law 283 (2015).
Introduction: Symposium on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Family Law (with June Carbone), 49 Family Law Quarterly 1 (2015).
Learning Lessons (reviewing Catherine J. Ross, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights) 49 Family Law Quarterly 535 (2015).
Reality and the Family Courts (with June Carbone) (reviewing Jane Murphy & Jana Singer, Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution) Journal of the American Academy of Matrimony Law 309 (2015).
Review of Williams & Dempsey, What Works for Women at Work (with June Carbone) (reviewing Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know) 65 Journal of Legal Education 242 (2015).
The Honor Commandment: Law, Religion, and the Challenge of Elder Care (with Amy Ziettlow), 30 Journal of Law & Religion 229 (2015).
The Triple System for Regulating Women's Reproduction (with June Carbone), 43 Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics 275 (2015).
The Uncertain Legal Basis for the New Kinship, 36 Journal of Family Issues 501 (2015).
Whither/Wither Alimony? (with June Carbone) (reviewing Cynthia Lee Starnes, The Marriage Buyout: The Troubled Trajectory of U.S. Alimony Law) 93 Texas Law Review 925 (2015).
Young v. United Parcel Service, George Washington Law Review on the Docket (2015).
Review of Linder & Levit, The Good Lawyer (reviewing Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law) Concurring Opinions (2014).
Digital Planning, 28 Probate & Property 22 (2014).
Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach (with Jerome Borison, Susan N. Gary & Paula A. Monopoli), 58 St. Louis University Law Journal 727–738 (2014).
Do Tell! The Rights of Donor-Conceived Offspring, 42 Hofstra Law Review 1077 (2014).
Fully Informed Consent for Prospective Egg Donors (with Jennifer Collins), 16 Virtual Mentor 49 (2014).
Probate Law Meets the Digital Age, 67 Vanderbilt Law Review 1697–1727 (2014).
Review of DeFonzo & Stern, Intimate Associations (reviewing Herbie DeFonzo & Ruther Stern, Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families) 48 Family Law Quarterly 211 (2014).
Part I: Planning for a Client's Digital Assets (with Melinda Dudley), Elder Law Report 1 (2013).
Digital Planning: The Future of Elder Law (with Gerry W. Beyer), 9 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal 135 (2013).
Is Marriage for Rich Men? (with June Carbone), 13 Nevada Law Journal 386 (2013).
The End of Men or the Rebirth of Class? (with June Carbone), 93 Boston University Law Review 871 (2013).
The Gender/Class Divide: Reproduction, Privilege, and the Workplace (with June Carbone), 8 Florida International University Law Review 287–316 (2013).
The Triple System of Family Law (with June Carbone), 2013 Michigan State Law Review 1185 (2013).
Who's the Father? (with June Carbone), 93 Boston University Law Review Annex 55 (2013).
Legal Parent Versus Biological Parent: The Impact of Disclosure, 19 Journal of Law & Medicine 790 (2012).
The New Kinship, 100 Georgetown Law Journal 367 (2012).
When You Pass On, Don't Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets (with Gerry W. Beyer), Probate & Property 40 (2012).
Postmortem Life On-Line, 25 Probate & Property 36 (2011).
Gendering Constitutional Design in Post-Conflict Societies (with Fionnula Ní Aolaín & Dina Francesca Haynes), 17 William & Mary Journal of Women & Law 509 (2011).
Marriage, Parentage, and Child Support (with June Carbone), 45 Family Law Quarterly 219 (2011).
No Secrets: Openness and Donor-Conceived "Half-Siblings", 39 Capital University Law Review 313 (2011).
Old Lessons for a New World: Applying Adoption Research and Experience to ART, 24 Journal of the American Academy of Matrimony Law 1 (2011).
Embryo Fundamentalism (with June Carbone), 18 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1015 (2010).
Hirsch Lecture: Gender, Masculinities, and Transition in Conflicted Societies (with Fionnula Ní Aolaín), 44 New England Law Review 1 (2010).
Protect and Preserve?, 13 New Criminal Law Review 127 (2010).
Returning Home: Women in Post-Conflict Societies (with Fionnula Ní Aolaín & Dina Francesca Haynes), 39 University of Baltimore Law Review 339 (2010).
Embryo Exchanges and Adoption Tax Credits (with Sarah Lawsky), 122 State Tax Notes 927–934 (2009).
Embryo Exchanges and Adoption Tax Credits (with Sarah Lawsky), 122 Tax Notes 927 (2009).
Family Classes: Rethinking Contraceptive Choice (with June Carbone), 20 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 361 (2009).
Necessary Subjects: The Need for a Mandatory National Donor Gamete Databank, 12 DePaul Journal of Health Care Law 203 (2009).
Deep Purple: Religious Shades of Family Law (with June Carbone), 110 West Virginia Law Review 459 (2007).
Examining the Biological Bases of Family Law: Lessons to be Learned for the Evolutionary Analysis of Law (with June Carbone), 2 International Journal of Law Context 277 (2006).
Poor Children: Child "Witches" and Child Soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 4113 (2006).
State Representation of Children's Interests, 40 Family Law Quarterly 109 (2006).
The Class Ceiling, 65 Maryland Law Review 435 (2006).
Women in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dilemmas and Directions, 12 William & Mary Journal of Women & Law 335 (2006).
Beyond Retribution and Impunity: Responding to War Crimes of Sexual Violence, 1 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 217 (2005).
Review of Mello, Legalizing Gay Marriage (reviewing Mello, Legalizing Gay Marriage) 67 Journal of Marriage & Family 1348 (2005).
Adoptees, Families, Stepfamilies, and Inheritance, 8 Adoption Quarterly 57 (2004).
Roe and Its Global Impact (with Anne T. Goldstein), 6 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 695 (2004).
The Biological Basis of Commitment: Does One Size Fit All? (with June Carbone), 25 Women’s Rights Law Report 223 (2004).
Battered Women, Child Maltreatment, Prison, and Poverty: Issues for Theory and Practice, 11 American University Journal of Gender, Society, Policy, & Law 355 (2003).
Caretaking and the Contradiction of Contemporary Policy (with Michael Selmi), 55 Maine Law Review 289 (2003).
Perfect Substitutes or the Real Thing?, 52 Duke Law Journal 1077 (2003).
Which Ties Bind? Redefining the Parent-Child Relationship in an Age of Genetic Certainty (with June Carbone), 11 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1071 (2003).
Birthing Relationships, 17 Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal 163 (2002).
Faithless Wives and Lazy Husbands: Gender Norms in Nineteenth-Century Divorce Law, 2002 University of Illinois Law Review 651 (2002).
Race, Poverty, History, Adoption, and Child Abuse: Connections (reviewing Dorothy Roberts; and E. Wayne (ed.), Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare<em>; and </em>Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives) 36 Law & Society Review 461 (2002).
The Coin of the Realm: Poverty and the Commodification of Gendered Labor, 5 Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice 1 (2001).
Collecting Child Support: A History of Federal and State Initiatives (with Jean C. Murphy), 34 Clearinghouse Review 165–185 (2000).
Looking at Marriage (reviewing Milton C. Regan, Jr., Alone Together: Law and the Meanings of Marriage) 98 Michigan Law Review 1766 (2000).
The Power of Caretaking, 12 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 177 (2000).
Adoption, Identity, and the Constitution: The Case for Opening Closed Records (with Jana Singer), 2 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 150 (1999).
Gendered Identities: Women and Household Work, 4 Villanova Law Review 525 (1999).
Models of Family Privacy, 67 George Washington Law Review 1225 (1999).
Subsidy for Caretaking in Families: Lessons from Foster Care (with Catherine J. Ross), 8 American University Journal of Gender, Society, Policy, & Law 55 (1999).
Dependency and Delegation: The Ethics of Marital Representation (with Robert Tuttle), 22 Seattle University Law Review 97 (1998).
Reframing Child Custody Decision-Making, 58 Ohio State Law Journal 1 (1997).
Representing Race Outside of Explicitly Racialized Contexts, 95 Michigan Law Review 965–1004 (1997).
The Moral Complexities of Family Law (reviewing Nancy E. Down; and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, In Defense of Single-Parent Families<em>; and </em>The Divorce Culture) 50 Stanford Law Review 225 (1997).
Pragmatic Questions about Parental Liability Statutes, 1996 Wisconsin Law Review 399 (1996).
Domestic Violence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Toward a New Agenda (with Joan Meier), 4 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 339 (1995).
Foreword: Responsible Lawyers, 63 George Washington Law Review 921 (1995).
Family Issue(s) (reviewing Elizabeth Bartholet, Family Bonds: Adoption and the Policies of Parenting) 61 University of Chicago Law Review 325 (1994).
Family Law, Federalism, and the Federal Courts, 79 Iowa Law Review 1073 (1994).
Child Abuse: A Problem for Feminist Theory, 2 Texas Journal of Women & Law 75 (1993).
Double Jeopardy and Enforcement of Civil Protection Orders (with Joan Meier), 1 Texas Journal of Women & Law 75 (1993).
Inconsistent Stories, 81 Georgetown Law Journal 2475 (1993).
The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Contemporary Proceedings, 61 George Washington Law Review 1754 (1993).
Styles of Lawyering, 43 Hastings Law Journal 1039 (1992).
Defining Feminist Litigation, 14 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 1 (1991).
A Preliminary Feminist Critique of Legal Ethics, 4 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 23 (1990).
The Next Best Thing: Transferred Clients in a Legal Clinic (with Norman G. Schneider), 36 Catholic University Law Review 367 (1987).
Zoning, Porno, and the First Amendment, 9 Update on Law-Related Education 38 (1985).

Reports & Datasets

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

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

Is it Legal to Travel for Abortion After Dobbs? (with June Carbone & Nancy Levit), Bloomberg Law (July 11, 2022).
More Than Abortion Rides on SCOTUS in Dobbs (with Sonia Suter), Bloomberg Law (May 10, 2022).
Generations later, the rights of donor-conceived people are becoming law (with Sonia Suter), The Hill (April 23, 2022).
Texas is trampling parents’ rights in its investigations of trans kids (with Anne M. Coughlin), Washington Post (April 8, 2022).
New Report on Advancing Black Women, (June 10, 2021).
How Covid-19 Hurts Working Women, Forbes (October 22, 2020).
New Findings on Family Life During the Pandemic, Forbes (September 22, 2020).
What to Do About Contracts During Covid-19, Forbes (August 4, 2020).
What To Do About Contracts During COVID-19, Forbes (August 4, 2020).
Women and the Frontlines of COVID-19, Forbes (April 5, 2020).
Don’t Get Fooled by COVID-19 Scams, Forbes (April 1, 2020).
Loving Our Elderly Neighbor During the Coronavirus (with Amy Ziettlow), Institute for Family Studies Blog (March 16, 2020).
Where Are All the Women Leaders?, Forbes (March 3, 2020).
Do Women and Men Have a Confidence Gap?, Forbes (February 26, 2020).
Heart-Healthy Tips for Women Who Want to Lead, Forbes (February 22, 2020).
What’s Right About Today’s Families, Forbes (February 19, 2020).
Fixing the Racial Wealth Gap?, Forbes (February 5, 2020).
Who Gets the Frozen Embryos?, Forbes (February 4, 2020).
Why Women Lose Custody, Forbes (January 26, 2020).
Getting the Most Out of Telework, Forbes (January 22, 2020).
De-Gigging the Gender Pay Gap, Forbes (December 8, 2019).
Three Steps to Interrupt Bias at Work, Forbes (December 4, 2019).
Is Egg Freezing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?, Forbes (November 8, 2019).
When Fertility Clinics Get it Wrong,, Forbes (August 8, 2019).
Paying for Invaluable Work, Forbes (July 26, 2019).
What Should Stay-At-Home Moms Get at Divorce?, (April 19, 2019).
The Sandwich Generation on Wheels: Tips for Long-Distance Family Caregivers (with Amy Ziettlow), Institute for Family Studies Blog (February 21, 2019).
Fairness for Christine Blasey Ford, Forbes (September 20, 2018).
Planning Now for Later, Forbes (June 25, 2018).
The Economics of Family Behavior (with June Carbone), Institute for Family Studies Blog (February 8, 2018).
Updating Red Families vs. Blue Families (with June Carbone), Institute for Family Studies Blog (December 7, 2017).
The Digital Afterlife Is a Mess, Slate (November 29, 2017).
A Closer Look at the Jobs with the Highest and Lowest Divorce Rates (with June Carbone), Institute for Family Studies Blog (October 16, 2017).
The Key to the “Success Sequence,” Blue-Style (with June Carbone), Institute for Family Studies 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), Institute for Family Studies Blog (May 1, 2017).
Homeward Bound: Lessons on Modern Families and Elder Care (with Amy Ziettlow), Institute for Family Studies Blog (April 12, 2017).
New Research on Unmarried Mothers and Family Formation (with June Carbone), Institute for Family Studies Blog (April 6, 2017).
Sofia Vergara, Frozen Embryos—and Trust Law?, Concurring Opinions (December 10, 2016).
Nine to Five Book Symposium, Concurring Opinions (June 11, 2016).
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).
The Marriage Calculus (with June Carbone), aeon (April 20, 2015).
Why Do You Need a Lawyer, Anyway?, Path2Parenthood (April 14, 2015).
The New Math of the Single Mother (with June Carbone), Politico Magazine (October 13, 2014).
Women, Eldercare, and the Honor Commandment (with M. Christian Green & Amy Ziettlow), Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (September 8, 2014).
Inequality and Marriage (with June Carbone), Chronicle Review (May 16, 2014).
The New Kinship, Gender & Society (April 15, 2014).
Emailing a Sperm Donor: "You May Want to Sit Down" (with Wendy Kramer), New York Times (December 16, 2013).
Assisted Reproduction: When Does a Father Become One? (with June Carbone), LA Times (August 12, 2013).
Caregiving in a Digital World (with Amy Ziettlow), Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation (May 24, 2013).
Does Abortion Lead to More Stable Marriages? (with June Carbone), Slate (January 22, 2013).
Red Families v. Blue Families Revisited (with June Carbone), OUPblog (September 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, New Deal 2.0: A Project of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (November 18, 2010).

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