Daphne Edwards graduated with Highest Honors, sixth in her class, from Golden Gate University School of Law and received American Jurisprudence/Book Awards in Family Law, Criminal Procedure, and Solving Legal Problems, as well as a Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. Ms. Edwards attended North Carolina State University and University of Oregon, receiving a B.S. in Political Science in Oregon. After graduating from law school, Ms. Edwards clerked for Justice Robert Orr of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Ms. Edwards then worked for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., drafting legislation. After leaving the Senate, Ms. Edwards clerked for Judge Procter Hug, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Edwards also worked for the Ninth Circuit as a staff attorney for five years presenting ten appellate cases each month to three-judge panels. While working for the Ninth Circuit, Ms. Edwards taught Appellate Advocacy Courses as an adjunct law professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. Ms. Edwards, a Raleigh native, then returned to North Carolina and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the N.C. Department of Justice. Ms. Edwards now has a firm in downtown Raleigh where she practices family law and represents clients with civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts.