Susan Bieber Kennedy has a diverse background in health care delivery, management, and prosecution.
Ms. Kennedy attended SUNY Upstate Medical Center School of Nursing and Syracuse University College for Human Development. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in operational management in numerous community health organizations, including the American Red Cross and Visiting Nurse Association.
Ms. Kennedy graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, and then served as a trial court law clerk in criminal, civil, and family courts in Windham County, Vermont. In 1995 she joined the Windham County States Attorney’s Office to implement a federal grant to combat family violence. She initiated and coordinated a Family Violence Unit where she focused exclusively on prosecution of domestic violence, interfamily sexual assault and related family crimes. Over subsequent years, the initial grant funding was increased to include investigation, victim services, and education monies, which enabled her to train law enforcement, victim advocates, medical personnel, and community members on issues related to family violence. She assumed a general Deputy States Attorney position in 1998, and prosecuted homicide, manslaughter, sexual assault, and drug and alcohol-related crimes. She coordinated staff activities and prosecutions in the States Attorney’s Office, and was the Deputy assigned to charging decisions and community outreach.
Ms. Kennedy relocated to the metropolitan DC area in 2001 to serve as a Senior Attorney at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. There she performed research, writing, and teaching activities in areas of interest to prosecutors including DNA, sexual assault and domestic violence. She became Program Manager of the Violence Against Women Unit, and developed a strong interest in issues related to violent crimes against elderly and vulnerable persons. She has researched legislative issues on crimes involving this population, and has written extensively in this area, particularly on evidentiary and hearsay issues related to elderly or non-verbal victims. She contributed to the prosecution chapter for a textbook published in 2003, Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Lifespan: A Clinical Guide and Color Atlas, writing sections on sexual assault evidence collection and use of DNA evidence in the prosecution of sexual assault crimes.
Ms. Kennedy is a member of the bar in Vermont and the District of Columbia. She is a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office.