March 20, 2012
Attorney Michael Coard of ATAC weighs in on Trayvon Martin killing
Activist, Radio Host & Attorney Michael Coard will join the program to share his legal expertise & analysis of the killing of 17 yr-old Trayvon Martin by 28 yr-old George Zimmerman.
Michael Coard, a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience, specializes in murder cases. 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).