Thursday, April 28, 2022

Marisa Darden becomes first Black woman U.S. attorney in northern Ohio history

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marisa Darden as the top federal prosecutor in northern Ohio, making her the first Black woman to be appointed to the role.

Darden, 38, currently serves as a principal in the Cleveland office of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. She previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Cleveland from 2014 to 2019 handling an assortment of criminal cases. She also worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

Darden will succeed Justin Herdman, who was appointed by President Donald Trump. Herdman stepped down in January 2020. Michelle Baeppler has been acting U.S. attorney since February. Another former U.S. attorney in northern Ohio, Steve Dettelbach, has been nominated by Biden to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Ohio’s two U.S. senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, recommended Darden to Biden, and Brown lauded her confirmation on Wednesday.

“Ms. Darden will be an outstanding U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio,” the statement said “Throughout her legal career, serving the community has been her priority. As the first African American woman in this role, Ms. Darden would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead the Northern District with excellence.”


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