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Host: Michael Coard
Michael Coard, a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience, specializes in murder cases and formerly worked at the Charles W. Bowser Law Center after having served as Legal Counsel for State Senator Hardy Williams.
He received his degree in law from Ohio State University and his undergraduate degrees in English Education and Political Science from Cheyney University.
While in law school serving as president of the Black Law Students Association, he led the activism that compelled Ohio State University (which is the largest university in the country) to divest all of its funds from companies doing business with the apartheid government of South Africa.
He is an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department at Temple University as well as a volunteer instructor of Criminal Justice and also Hip Hop in the university’s Pan African Studies Program.
As an attorney, he successfully litigated at trial a historic Private Criminal Complaint that sought a murder prosecution of a white police officer who killed an unarmed Black teen. Furthermore, he is certified by the Court of Common Pleas to represent indigent defendants in death penalty cases. Also, he has served as local counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Moreover, nearly half of his criminal cases in general are pro bono. And he is a recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award as well as the Philadelphia NAACP’s prestigious Cecil B. Moore Award.
As a community activist, he is a founding member of Avenging The Ancestors Coalition (ATAC). ATAC is the organization that led the successful battle- in connection with the historic President’s House/Slavery Memorial project- to force the federal government to commemorate the nine African descendants enslaved by President George Washington at America’s first “White House,” which was located at the current site of the new Liberty Bell Center.
Also, he hosts the popular Afrocentric “Radio Courtroom” show on WURD-900AM.