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Susan L. Carney

Susan Carney
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Assumed office
May 17, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Barrington Parker
Personal details
Born (1951-09-16) September 16, 1951
Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University

Susan Laura Carney (born September 16, 1951) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The United States Senate confirmed Carney in a 71–28 vote on May 17, 2011.[1] She received her commission on May 17, 2011.[2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Federal judicial service 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, Carney grew up attending public schools in Lexington and Weston, Massachusetts. She earned an A.B. from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1973, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1977. After graduating from law school, Carney worked as a law clerk for Judge Levin H. Campbell on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[3]

Professional career

Carney began her career as a Law Clerk to Judge Levin H. Campbell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. From 1979 until 1986, Carney was an attorney at Rogovin, Huge & Lenzner in Washington, DC, first as an associate and later as a partner.[4] working on litigation in federal courts and providing business counsel, primarily for large nonprofit organizations. In 1986, Ms. Carney joined two other Rogovin partners to form the Washington, D.C. office of the Los Angeles-based firm of Tuttle & Taylor. She was subsequently Of Counsel to the D.C. labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser, where she engaged in an appellate practice. From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Carney served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps.[3]

Carney moved from Washington to Connecticut in 1998, and at that point joined Yale University in the school's general counsel's office. In 2001, she became Yale's Deputy General Counsel.[3] "Susan L. Carney has served as Deputy General Counsel of Yale University since 2001. In this capacity, she was the second-ranking legal officer of a leading educational and research institution with an annual budget of more than $2 billion. Her work for Yale has addressed many areas covered by federal law, including scientific research, intellectual property, and health care. Her practice has also focused on Yale’s international affiliations and transactions. Carney joined the General Counsel’s Office in 1998, when she and her family moved to Connecticut. She served as Yale’s Acting General Counsel from July to December 2008. Carney is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, and Massachusetts bars and served on the board of directors of the National Association of College & University Attorneys.[5]

Federal judicial service

On May 20, 2010, President Obama nominated Carney to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Judge Barrington Daniels Parker, Jr., who took senior status in October 2009, saying "'At every step of her career, Susan Carney has performed with excellence and unwavering integrity,' said President Obama. 'I am confident she will serve the people of Connecticut with distinction on the Circuit Court bench.'"[3][6][7]

On May 17, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Carney's nomination in a 71–28 vote.[1] She received her commission on May 17, 2011.[2]

Personal life

Carney has five brothers. Her mother, Cleo Carney, and father, John R. Carney, both served in the United States Navy. She is married to journalist Lincoln W. Caplan, II. Caplan was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1950 and is currently a member of the New York Times editorial board. Caplan earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1972, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. Their daughter, Molly, was born in 1988.[8]

Carney was elected to a six-year term on the Harvard Board of Overseers on 30 May 2013.[9]


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  2. ^ a b Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  3. ^ a b c d President Obama Names Susan L. Carney to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, (May 20, 2010).
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  7. ^ Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/20/10,' (May 20, 2010).
  8. ^ Whelan, Ed (2010-12-15) NYT’s Special Pleading for Editor’s Wife?, National Review
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External links

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Preceded by
Barrington Parker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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