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Interview Date

April 2, 2003

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Judge

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Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Banana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida Keys

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Interview Date

April 2, 2003

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Banana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida Keys

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Judge David H. Coar was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 11, 1943. Coar was the oldest of three children and attended a religious school at the elementary level before graduating from a public high school in 1960. After commencement, Coar went to Syracuse University, earning his B.A. in 1964. In 1969, he earned his J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago, and a year later he received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Coar began teaching at DePaul University in 1974, and remained there for five years. He left DePaul to take a position with the United States Justice Department as a U.S. trustee. Coar returned to DePaul in 1982, where he remained for another four years. In 1986, Coar was named a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and in 1994 he became a judge of the U.S. District Court of Illinois. Within this role, Coar has ruled on a number of landmark decisions, including his 1999 fining of anti-abortion leaders under RICO statutes, which had been used to prosecute members of the mafia.

Away from his bench, Coar is active in a number of civic and community organizations. He has been active with the Boys & Girls Clubs and serves on its board of directors. Coar also belongs to the American Bankruptcy Institute and is an active member in the National Bankruptcy Conference.

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