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The Honorable David Coar

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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
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

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

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
Favorite Quote:
None

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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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Coar lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Coar describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Coar describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Coar talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Coar describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Coar contrasts Shreveport, Louisiana to Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Coar remembers his school experiences and teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Coar describes his activities at A.H. Parker High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Coar describes playing football at A.H. Parker High School with future star athletes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Coar talks about his favorite subjects in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Coar recalls his decision to attend Syracuse University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Coar remembers growing up next to HistoryMaker Angela Davis's family in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Coar recalls growing up in the Dynamite Hill section of Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Coar recalls ongoing resistance to racism in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Coar talks about issues of race at Syracuse University in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Coar talks about his campus activities at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Coar talks about how majoring in International Relations at Syracuse University led him to study law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Coar talks about selecting Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Coar talks about his expanding view of history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Coar describes working with sharecroppers in a War on Poverty program in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Coar recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Coar describes the small number of black students at Chicago area law schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Coar describes preparing himself to teach while at Loyola University Chicago Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Coar describes the difference between a J.D. and an LL.B.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Coar recalls taking interesting courses on race while at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Coar describes his civil rights work at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Coar recalls working on major discrimination cases while practicing law in Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Coar describes moving back to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Coar describes teaching at DePaul University College of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Coar talks about working as a U.S. Trustee from 1979 to 1982
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Coar recalls resigning from his position as a U.S. Trustee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Coar talks about working on Harold Washington's mayoral campaigns in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Coar describes his appointment as a U.S. bankruptcy judge in 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Coar describes the complexities being a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Coar talks about becoming a U.S. Federal District Court judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Coar shares his views on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Coar talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's conservativism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David Coar talks about fining anti-abortion leaders under the RICO statutes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David Coar recalls handling the Global Relief Foundation defamation case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David Coar describes a landmark internet telephone usage case involving MCI
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David Coar talks about the versatility required to be a U.S. District judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - David Coar talks about his push to end strip searches of female inmates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - David Coar talks about how his mother influenced his legal rulings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - David Coar talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - David Coar describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - David Coar describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David Coar reflects upon his legacy