- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

John Edwards — the former Democratic Party rising star and famed trial lawyer whose celebrity political status came crashing down in the wake of an adulterous affair and a campaign finance scandal — is now getting back on the career track, opening a law firm with his daughter Cate.

The firm will have offices in North Carolina and Washington, Politico reported.

“It is a privilege to practice again, and we want to take on cases that, through litigation, change social inequalities in favor of the greater good,” he said in a statement reported by WRAL in North Carolina. “In building Edwards Kirby, we sought a team that has championed the causes of economic and social equality in court and in hundreds of communities across the country.”

Ms. Edwards also had a statement, speaking of the firm’s touted higher mission and her father’s touted desire to help those less fortunate: “His life’s mission, I think, has been to help people. Edwards Kirby is founded for that purpose — to give people a voice, to give the disenfranchised a voice.”

Mr. Edwards has maintained a low profile for more than a year after being acquitted of misusing campaign funds during the 2008 race. He was actually acquitted of one of six charges; jurors couldn’t reach a determination on the other five charges, and the judge ruled a mistrial.

His daughter also made clear that Mr. Edwards had no immediate plans to launch a new political career and said his law firm was not being built for that purpose, Politico reported.

The announcement came just weeks after other media outlets reported on Mr. Edwards’ former mistress, Rielle Hunter, and the launch of her tell-all book.

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