Ward B. Coe III

Newsmaker

October 23, 2005|By JENNIFER SKALKA

Occupation

Lawyer and partner with the Baltimore firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP.

In the news

Coe was selected last week to serve as outside counsel for the special legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s hiring and firing practices.

Career highlights

A graduate of the Gilman School, Coe earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1973. He served as an assistant attorney general from 1974 to 1977. He said "the most fun thing" he did during that job was to investigate Maryland country clubs receiving tax breaks to determine whether their membership practices were discriminatory. He also was involved in the state savings and loan investigation in the mid-1980s and represented, with Legal Aid and other lawyers, plaintiffs in a large class action lawsuit that prompted reform in the foster-care system.

Personal

Coe, 60, has been married for 36 years. His wife, Christie, works for Catholic Charities. He has two children, Vanessa, 30, and Trevor, 28. Coe, who said he is a registered Democrat, travels extensively in his leisure time. Over the past few years, he and his wife have journeyed to South Africa, Cambodia, Thailand and the Yukon.

Philosophy

"I think as lawyers it's really important to do the best we can for all our clients, and it's extremely important that we make our skills available to people who can't afford us."

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