Richard Edwards

Intro to the American Legal System

“Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”  John 20:29


Mr. Edwards was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. He is married to Barbara Springer Edwards (Canongate’s biology teacher). They married after Mr. Edwards graduated from law school. He practiced for three years at a law firm in Washington, DC, then joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in 1985.  He continued in that role, first in DC and from 1999 in Asheville, until I retired in 2021.


  • A.B. in Religion from Duke University , 1978
  • Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, 1981