Chapel Hill, North Carolina , United States
|| July 03, 1949
|Died||December 07, 2010
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
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|Info||Elizabeth Anania Edwards is the daughter of a decorated Navy pilot, and was born on July 3, 1949. In her early years, she attended school in Japan, where her father was stationed with a reconnaissance squadron, flying missions over China and North Korea. |
As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Edwards majored in English, and graduated from UNC Law School in May 1977. She married John Edwards on July 30th, the Saturday after taking the bar exam.
Following law school, she clerked with U.S. District Court Judge Calvitt Clarke, Jr. in Norfolk, Virginia. She worked for the North Carolina Attorney General's office in the early 1980s where she did work for the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and helped with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.
Mrs. Edwards has worked at the Raleigh law firm Merriman, Nicholls, and Crampton, taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at UNC Law School, and was a member of the first group of Public Fellows at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.
Mrs. Edwards believes in giving back to her community. She has volunteered with the Parent Teacher Associations at her children's schools, and has been active in their youth soccer leagues. Additionally, she volunteered at Goodwill Industries, working in the book room of their thrift store. In 1992, John and Elizabeth Edwards established the Vincent J. Anania Lacrosse Scholarship in honor of Elizabeth's father, a former lacrosse player and Assistant Coach at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In 1996, they helped establish the Wade Edwards Foundation in honor of their son, and helped build a computer learning center - the Wade Edwards Learning Lab - for young people in Raleigh. The Wade Edwards Foundation also runs a statewide short fiction contest for North Carolina's high school juniors, awarding $10,000 a year in scholarships and grants to high school English programs. Mrs. Edwards volunteered at the lab nearly every day, until the family came to Washington following John Edwards' 1998 election to the U.S. Senate.
John and Elizabeth are the proud parents of four children: Cate, a recent graduate of Princeton University, a 6-year-old daughter, Emma Claire, and a 4-year-old son, Jack. Their first child, Wade, died in 1996.
Despite the demands of raising two young children, Mrs. Edwards still finds time to participate in community service. She remains active in the Wade Edwards Foundation, and is involved in a variety of charitable efforts, including fundraising for the March of Dimes benefit. She also serves on several boards, including the UNC Board of Visitors and Books for Kids.