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Richard W. Cole, Esq. - Cole Civil Rights and Safe Schools Consulting



Cole Civil Rights and Safe Schools Consulting
Attorney Richard W. Cole offers clients high-quality, personalized legal assistance and consulting services. He brings more than three decades of exceptional success, broad experience and unique skills as principal of Cole Civil Rights and Safe Schools Consulting, as former Assistant Attorney General and Civil Rights Division Chief in the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, as a private practice civil rights litigator and as a legal services litigator and manager.

Cole Civil Rights Consulting and Legal Services in:

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Police & Law Enforcement
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Housing Discrimination


Education Consulting: Voluntary Resolution Agreements

Cole Civil Rights and Safe Schools Consulting provides expert assistance to school districts to navigate successfully the complex requirements of Voluntary Resolution Agreements with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.


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A Comprehensive System of Practical

Checklists, Forms and Guidance Manual for Schools

Click for Information on "Cole Facts System"

Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) presents Cole Facts System, p. 5, MASC Bulletin, June 2012.


  Upcoming Cole Workshops & Programs


For 2017-2018 School Year

Providing professional development for schools to promote equity and positive student relations, and to build systems and learn practical strategies and skills for complying with federal civil rights laws and state bullying law mandates.

April 26, 2018

Addressing First Amendment and Civil Rights Challenges in the Current Poltical Climate.

April 26, 2018

Cultivating an Inclusive School Climate.


July 24, 2018

Legally Perilous Practices in Addressing Bullying, Bias-Based Harassment and Student First Amendment Rights.


July 25, 2018

Student Leadership and Harassment




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Independent Investigations

Compliance Monitoring

Individual Counseling

Systemic Counseling

Prevention Training

Investigation Training

Risk Management Audits

Litigation Assessments

Litigation Assistance

Litigation Co-Counseling


Cole in the News

Cole provides testimony on behalf of MA Bar Association to MA state legislature on 6/9/17 in support of "Safe Communities Act," reaffirming MBA's "unequivocal support for the protection of rights of documented and undocumented immigrants in the Commonwealth.

Boston Public Schools announces on 8/3/16 that Cole, with Visions, Inc., released a "Racial Climate Assessment Report of Boston Latin School," based on their 'Racial Climate Audit' of BLS, with over 20 detailed recommendations for action by BLS and BPS.

MA Bar Association highlights Cole's leading role in New England Conference on Bullying, co-sponsored by MBA, in its Nov. 2013 e-Journal.

U.S. DOE praises Cole's efforts as consultant for district under extensive Voluntary Resolution Agreement with OCR.

USA TODAY quotes Cole in 6/12/12 article, "Should bullies be treated as criminals?"

Office for Civil Rights presents Certificate of Appreciation to Cole for programs for OCR's New England Region staff and a nationwide Webinar for OCR staff in U.S.

Essex DA releases "Stop Bullying Before it Starts" program, developed in consultation with Cole.

Cole testifies before State Commission to enhance implementation of MA School Bullying Law.

Watch Cole's TV interview about First Amendment issues in 12/1/11 Occupy Boston court hearing.

Cole TV interview about Rutgers student's suicide.

Cole quoted about Phoebe Prince's tragic suicide in S. Hadley, MA.

Read news about Cole's presentation on cyber-abuse and harassment.

Read Boston Globe's tribute to Ruby Rogers, quoting Richard Cole:

lead plaintiff in case establishing key civil rights for psychiatric patients.

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