Taryn M. Darling graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Race, Culture, and Power and in Fine Arts. After relocating to Seattle and working as a social worker, Ms. Darling attended the Seattle University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude. Ms. Darling is a founding member of Opsera Law PLLC, where she advises small business owners and practices in the areas of litigation, bankruptcy, and appeals. Ms. Darling is a regular volunteer for the King County Debt Clinic. She is an invited member of the William Dwyer Inn of Court. She is also a participating member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, a content director for the Business Bankruptcy subcommittee, and the Managing Editor of the Business Law Today’s Bankruptcy & Finance section at the American Bar Association. Ms. Darling has been named a Super Lawyer every year consecutively since 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Darling is a lifetime student and appreciates the opportunity to educate herself and to contribute to BlackPast.org.
Moses Simons was the first black Yale graduate and the first black lawyer in the nation. Simons practiced law in 1816, decades earlier than some of the more well-known, and believed to be first, black practitioners like Macon B. Allen (1844); George Vashon (1848); and … Read MoreMoses Simons (?- 1822)