This AP item in today's Washington Post caught our eye, "Cate Edwards, daughter of the former presidential candidate, announces new law firm":
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cate Edwards, daughter of former presidential candidate John Edwards, has announced she is joining a new public-interest law firm with offices in New York and Washington.
In a post on Twitter, the 30-year-old Edwards said her firm Advocates for Justice will represent "regular, working people."
Yes, and it also appears to be a kissing cousin of the now-defunct radical community organizing group, ACORN.
First, a few notes:
- Advocates for Justice was founded in 2010 by New York attorney Arthur Z. Schwartz, so it's not really that new of a law firm.
- Edwards has been at the firm for a while; in March she wrote a column as an AJA attorney for Politico, "A4J Attorney Cate Edwards: Health Law A Leap Forward For Women." Why would one wait to announce her joining the firm until now? Oh.
- Edwards is more than just a lawyer with the group. According to her bio, she manages the Washington office. Granted, it is a small firm. (Potential media bias alert: Her bio also reveals that while in law school she worked for a summer for NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg.)
We get curious, a little suspicious, when an organization uses the much misappropriated word "justice" in their title, so sought more information about Advocates for Justice. The group's [original] website, www.advocatesforjustice.net, says it's a 501(c)3, with the following mission:
Advocates for Justice exists to fight fights of working people, to fight for racial justice and equal rights, and to assist those who organize the poor and working people, and who advance the fight for equality. Advocates for Justice will do research, publish educational and investigative materials, and organize lawyers across the country to provide pro bono and low fee legal representation to fulfill its purpose.
The Blog of The Legal Times has more on the firm, "Public Interest Law Firm Opens in D.C., New York."