As former presidential candidate John Edwards prepares to go on trial, his oldest daughter is leaving the legal profession to start a foundation in honor of her late mother.
A family friend told The Associated Press on Friday that Cate Edwards plans to launch the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation later this year to carry on her mother's work in education and mentoring. John and Elizabeth Edwards created a computer learning lab and after-school program in honor of their son Wade after his death in a 1996 car accident at age 16. The foundation will continue that work.
Cate Edwards has a law degree from Harvard, but recently left the Washington law firm where she'd worked on discrimination and civil rights cases to start the non-profit. The 29-year-old was engaged to her college sweetheart, Dr. Trevor Upham, shortly before her mother's death from cancer in December.
She was at her father's side at a North Carolina courthouse two weeks ago, on the day he was indicted on campaign finance charges over payments to his mistress while he was a presidential candidate in 2008.
Cate Edwards does not plan to work on her father's case, according to the family friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the foundation is still under development.
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