Prior to joining Edwards Kirby, attorney Cate Edwards served as founding partner of Edwards & Eubanks, a public interest law firm located in Washington, D.C. that was formed to fight for the rights and equality of regular, working people. At Edwards & Eubanks, Cate’s work focused largely on civil rights and civil liberties. Her cases span a wide range of civil rights issues, including workplace sexual orientation discrimination by a federal government contractor against a gay employee, the endangerment of the health of a child by a public elementary school, and a wrongful arrest by a sheriff’s department that resulted in prolonged false imprisonment.
Cate began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia. Following her clerkship, she joined a boutique civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked on class action matters and represented clients who suffered discrimination in the workplace.
While in law school, Cate served as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student-run organization that provided free legal services and dedicated counsel to low-income individuals and families throughout Greater Boston. She worked primarily with clients facing housing issues, including victims of wrongful eviction, individuals living in uninhabitable conditions, and tenants of bank-foreclosed properties. Cate served as Executive Policy Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the national law journal of the American Constitution Society, and as Treasurer of the Harvard Law School Democrats. Cate also spent summers working with National Public Radio’s Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg, and in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins and Jenner & Block.
In 2011, Cate launched the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation. The nonprofit foundation honors the memory of Cate’s mother by providing opportunities to students with limited resources and support. Cate is currently president of the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Wade Edwards Foundation.
Cate graduated cum laude from Princeton University where she majored in politics, with a degree in political economy. She received her Juris Doctor in 2009 from Harvard Law School.