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Cate Edwards lands first law firm job, joins the ranks of Washington lawyers

Cate Edwards in 2007. (AP/Cheryl Senter)

She's all grown up -- and now, a Washington lawyer.

Cate Edwards, one of the most-watched candidate kids from the presidential campaign trails of the past decade, has landed a job as an associate with Sanford Wittels & Heisler, a boutique firm specializing in class-action discrimination suits.

We tracked down John and Elizabeth Edwards's daughter via phone at the firm's Dupont Circle offices, where she told us she's now in her fourth week. Quick catch-up: The Princeton and Harvard Law grad, now 28, passed the Virginia bar last year and has an application pending with the D.C. bar. She recently wrapped up a prestigious year-long stint clerking for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema at the federal court in Alexandria -- but, no, said she couldn't discuss any of the cases she worked on.

She also refrained from telling us much about her current caseload, but the firm's Web site touts some of her work: She's on a team representing African American workers alleging race discrimination at a Whirlpool plant in Tennessee, on a sexual harassment case filed by 10 women in Las Vegas and other workplace gender discrimination cases.

A plaintiff's lawyer -- like her dad. "I thought about different areas of the law, and what I'd be passionate about," said Edwards, who before law school had media internships with NPR and Vanity Fair.

No surprise that she settled in the ranks of D.C. lawyers; Edwards already has ties here. There's the $1.3 million Georgetown rowhouse she bought in 2008...and there's the longtime boyfriend, a resident at Georgetown University Hospital. (Yes, she told us, they're still together; no other status changes to report.)

By The Reliable Source  | October 27, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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Sounds like one lucky girl who works hard too!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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