Edwards, Mildred Matesich
Appointed: October 17, 1988
Mildred Matesich Edwards received her bachelor’s degree from Rosary College,
River Forest, Illinois and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has
lived in the District of Columbia since 1969. Following a clerkship with Judge Spottswood
W. Robinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Ms.
Edwards joined the District of Columbia Public Defender Service as a staff attorney. For
three and a half years she represented indigent criminal defendants in the District of
Columbia Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals.
Ms. Edwards left the Public Defender Service in March 1977 to join the Washington
office of Hughes Hubbard and Reed. In October 1978, she commenced work in the Civil
Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. In the appellate section she
handled civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme
Court. She also served as the acting deputy chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal
In June 1985, Ms. Edwards became the Chief Staff Counsel for the United States
Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. During her two years with the court, she
doubled the size of the central legal staff and assumed new responsibilities for that office.
She assisted in the development of a comprehensive plan for managing the court’s
caseload and a revision of the court’s rules. Ms. Edwards also authored a new handbook of
practice and procedures for attorneys practicing in the D.C. Circuit.
Since October 1987, Ms. Edwards has been associated with the Washington firm,
Stein, Mitchell and Mezines, where she is presently of counsel. In that capacity she has
handled a variety of litigation at the trial level in the local and federal courts.
Mildred Edwards is married to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the District of Columbia
Circuit. She has a daughter, Jessica Seidman, who is eight years old, and a son, Andrew
Seidman, who is five years old.