From Puritan times to today, the work ethic has been the source of redemption in America. No matter what "sins" have been committed, extreme hard work can create the new man (or woman). That has been labeled "The New Adam."
Back when he was a plaintiff attorney, John Edwards was known for that ethic. His signature was that no one could outwork him in preparing and presenting a case. Those going up against him recognized that they were at a disadvantage.
Now, Edwards has returned to that formula. And, it seems to be paying off.
In an interview with Susan Beck of The American Lawyer, he shares the news of his $13 million settlement in the Kaiden Gayman case. That was about a four-year old boy injured during oxygen deprivation at Vidant Medical Center. Three weeks into the state court trial, the defendant agreed to the settlement.
The interesting part of all this is that in jury selection, Edwards put it to the potential jurors directly: Does my past matter to you. In the trial his role, in addition to choosing the jury, was presenting a number of experts, doing some cross examination and then handling the closing.
Here is that interview.