Susan B. Carbon is the Presiding Judge of the 9th Circuit Court -- Family Division in Manchester, NH. Originally appointed in 1990 to the New Hampshire District Court, she served until 2010 when she was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the United States Department of Justice. Upon return to New Hampshire, she was reappointed to the New Hampshire Circuit Court.
Judge Carbon has served on many domestic violence and child protection initiatives at the state and national level. In New Hampshire, she served for many years on the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and chaired its Public Education Committee. She also led the creation of New Hampshire’s Fatality Review Committee and served as its chair for seven years. Judge Carbon has also served on many projects of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), including as Chair of the project which led to the publication of Civil Protection Orders: Effective Issuance and Enforcement (also known as The Burgundy Book) which has enjoyed national and international acclaim. More recently she was a member of the Technical Assistance Team for the Family Court Enhancement Project (FCEP), a joint project of NCJFCJ and OVW, and is currently on the national Technical Assistance Team for the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP), which is assisting local, state, and tribal jurisdictions across the country. She also chairs NCJFCJ’s Family Violence and Domestic Relations Committee.
Among other national work, Judge Carbon has served on the Advisory Board of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, the editorial board of Justice System Journal, and Boards of Trustees of Project Harmony, the American Judicature Society, and Southern Poverty Law Center’s School to Reform Prison Project.
Judge Carbon has served on scores of other Bar and Court committees and state and local boards and foundations, including presently as a member of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Conduct Committee. She previously chaired the Bar Association’s original Task Force on Women in the Bar, exposing gender bias in the profession, receiving the President’s Award for Distinguished Service. Her work in initiating New Hampshire’s First Statewide Conference on Family Violence led to receipt of the 1995 ABA Partnership Award for Public Service.
Judge Carbon is Past President of both the New Hampshire Bar Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Carbon has published several books and articles related to family violence, firearms, judicial selection and retention, and judicial administration. She has conducted multi-disciplinary trainings around the country and internationally, including in England, Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Guam.
Judge Carbon is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the DePaul University College of Law.