At University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School, Mr. Coward co-founded one of the nation’s leading law school clinics dedicated to veterans advocacy. The clinic now handles over 500 veterans benefits cases and employs five full-time attorneys. Mr. Coward sits on the clinic’s Board of Advisors.
Upon graduation, Mr. Coward entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he developed a reputation as one of the Army’s best litigators. In 2008, he served as a Federal Trial Counsel at Camp Casey, South Korea. As a Trial Counsel in Korea Mr. Coward successfully litigated cases at Camp Casey, Yongsan, Camp Humphreys, Camp Red Cloud and Osan Air Base.
In 2009, Mr. Coward was assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as a Federal Trial Counsel, Senior Trial Counsel, and Chief of Military Justice for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Army headquarters for all Space and Missile Defense operations globally.
In 2010, Mr. Coward was assigned as the nation’s first General Counsel and Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Forces Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, the Department of Defense operational headquarters for the missile defense program. In this capacity Mr. Coward oversaw military litigation, military justice matters, and advised on a wide variety of other areas such as: national U.S. missile defense policy, civil litigation, government contract law, administrative law, fiscal law, ethics, employment law and international law.