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Hon. David H. Coar

Hon. David H. Coar

JAMS
Mediator/Arbitrator
Chicago, IL, USA


Hon. David H. Coar (Ret.) served as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois for 16 years and as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for 8 years.  From 1979 to 1982, he served as the first United States Bankruptcy Trustee in the Northern District of Illinois.  As Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law, Judge Coar taught courses on ethics, corporations, corporate finance, constitutional law, labor law, and professional responsibility.  As a practicing lawyer, Judge Coar represented private plaintiffs in the case that determined how Title VII impacted the merger of previously segregated lines of progression in the steel industry.

Judge Coar has traveled extensively across the globe to consult on judicial and economic issues and has participated in educational programs for foreign judges in the U.S. and overseas.  He has participated in programs in China, Russia, Nigeria, and Cameroon sponsored by law schools, the National Center for State Courts, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Bar has praised Judge Coar for his excellent legal ability, handling of complex cases, integrity, and independence.

Background and Education

  • Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1994-2010
  • Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1986-1994
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Marshall-Wythe Law School, College of William and Mary, 1985
  • Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, 1974-1979 and 1982-1994
  • United States Trustee, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1979-1982
  • Private law practice, Mobile and Birmingham, AL, 1971-1974
  • Carnegie Foundation Intern, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., 1970-1971
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1970
  • J.D., Loyola University Law School, 1969
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1964
  • United States Marine Corps Reserves, 1965-1971
  • Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 1965
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