On October 1, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Judge Susan B. Carbon (NH) to be the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (VAW) in the Department of Justice (DoJ).
In the spirit of full disclosure, Judge Carbon and I attended DePaul University’s Law school. We have never met.
Judge Carbon’s track record indicates she has been a leading pioneer on preventing the court system from becoming an instrument of abuse:
President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) from 2007 to 2008
Faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (a partnership between VAW, NCJFCJ, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund)
She has also been a leader on issues related to protection orders and firearms in domestic violence cases.
She was appointed to the bench in 1991. In 1996, she became a supervisory judge within New Hampshire’s family court system. She is also a member of New Hampshire’s Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Judge Carbon has received numerous awards for her work in the area of domestic violence and for judicial excellence.
My hope is that President Obama’s appointment of Judge Carbon to become the Director of the VAW office will bring substantial funding to the elimination of litigation abuse.
Congratulations, Judge Carbon!