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Bar News - September 7, 2007

Susan Carbon Becomes President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges


Judge Susan B. Carbon of Concord, N.H., was installed on July 24, 2007 as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for 2007-08 during the organization’s 70th Annual Conference in San Francisco.


Judge Carbon was appointed to the bench in 1991 and currently serves as Supervisory Judge of the Grafton County Family Division in New Hampshire. In September, she will assume these responsibilities in Concord, as the Family Division expands to Merrimack County. A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and a member of the NH Bar since 1980, she is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and chairs New Hampshire’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She previously chaired the Grafton County Greenbook Project, a federally funded initiative to improve how courts, child protection agencies and domestic violence organizations work with families that experience both child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.


Judge Carbon has been a member of NCJFCJ’s Board of Trustees since 1999, and frequently serves as faculty for the organization on domestic violence issues. Most recently she has been involved with two major projects of NCJFCJ’s Family Violence Department. In September 2006, she chaired the national conference on Domestic Violence and Firearms in Los Angeles, an initiative funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, which was attended by judges, advocates, law enforcement officers and prosecutors from around the country. She also chaired the project which produced the multidisciplinary Effective Issuance and Enforcement of Orders of Protection in Domestic Violence Cases (Burgundy Book), a document used throughout the country and U.S. territories to guide professionals in their work around civil protection orders.


The author of several books and articles related to family violence, firearms, judicial selection and retention, and judicial administration, Judge Carbon is a consultant to numerous groups, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. In May 2006, Judge Carbon received the Director’s Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service from New Hampshire’s Division for Children, Youth and Families for her leadership in the areas of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. In 2003, she was honored by the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project for her work on domestic violence issues, and also received the Plymouth State College’s Granite State Award for Outstanding Public Service for her efforts on behalf of children and families.            


In 2000, she received the Frank Rowe Kenison Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and the Marilla Ricker Award for Judicial Excellence from the New Hampshire Women’s Bar. Judge Carbon was the 1993-94 NHBA President.


For the past 70 years, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, based on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, has been in the forefront of addressing issues pertaining to juvenile and family law and is a leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development. Founded in 1937, NCJFCJ is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization with 2,000 members from across the country and abroad.                  



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