A new public interest litigation firm has opened its doors in Washington and New York.
Advocates for Justice Chartered Attorneys was founded by Arthur Schwartz, Sharon Eubanks, Cate Edwards, Richard Soto and Tracey Kiernan. Eubanks and Edwards are based in Washington, with Schwartz, Soto and Kiernan located in New York.
In an interview, Eubanks said that the firm's work is focused on getting results in the public interest. The firm will center on litigation involving civil rights, employment and labor issues, consumer rights and environmental justice.
"These problems exist everywhere, but we see them highlighted in Washington," Eubanks said. "They affect a broader group of the population."
Eubanks is the former Department of Justice prosecutor who led the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act investigation into the tobacco industry. She later criticized George W. Bush administration political appointees for allegedly interfering with the government's case. Eubanks joins from Sanford Wittels & Heisler.
Edwards, the daughter of Elizabeth Edwards and former Sen. John Edwards, founded the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, an education nonprofit that assists students with limited resources. Prior to that, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia.