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Hon. David Coar (Ret.) Recognized With Earl B. Dickerson Award for His Commitment to Justice and Equality

Hon. David Coar (Ret.) Recognized With Earl B. Dickerson Award for His Commitment to Justice and Equality

Annual award honors lawyers and judges whose careers embody Mr. Dickerson’s dedication to justice for all

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Chicago – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Hon. David Coar (Ret.) has been honored as a recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s Earl B. Dickerson Award.

The award was established in honor of the late Earl B. Dickerson, who was an outstanding lawyer and one of the first African American members of the Chicago Bar Association. Presented annually, the Earl B. Dickerson Award recognizes and honors minority lawyers and judges whose careers emulate Mr. Dickerson’s courage and dedication to making the law the key to justice for all in society.

A virtual award reception was held on February 24 to honor Judge Coar and other recipients.

Throughout his career, Judge Coar has championed diversity and fought discrimination. We congratulate him on this award and are fortunate to have him on our panel.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Judge Coar joined JAMS after serving as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for 16 years and as a U.S. bankruptcy court judge for eight years. As a practicing lawyer, he represented private plaintiffs in the case that determined how Title VII impacted the merger of previously segregated lines of progression in the steel industry. He has traveled across the globe to consult on judicial and economic issues, and has participated in education programs for foreign judges in the United States and abroad.

At JAMS, Judge Coar serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master for disputes across a variety of areas, including antirust, bankruptcy, business/commercial, civil rights, mass torts, employment, financial markets, intellectual property, life sciences and securities.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.

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Hon. David H. Coar (Ret.)
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Securities

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Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

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