New Hampshire Judge Susan Carbon has been nominated by President Obama to head the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. Carbon, former president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, was named to the bench in 1991 and has been a Supervisory Judge of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division since 1996. She is a member of the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and, until recently, chaired New Hampshire's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.
Carbon has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, a partnership of the agency she has been nominated to head, the juvenile and family court group, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. In 2006, she chaired Firearms and Domestic Violence: A National Summit for Community Safety in Los Angeles, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. She chaired a project that produced the multidisciplinary Effective Issuance and Enforcement of Orders of Protection in Domestic Violence Cases (The Burgundy Book), a document used to guide professionals in their work around civil protection orders. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the DePaul University College of Law.