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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 2023-2024 School Year

Providing professional development to promote equity and a positive school climate and culture, build systems and skills and for building needed practical skills and strategies for effectively meeting the requirements of federal ciil rights laws and state bullyin laws.

"Building a Safe, Welcoming and Equitable School Community that Promotes Student Leadership, Engagement and Learning."

November 7, 2023; for Berkshire County Educators; Lenox, MA.



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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 Co-Chairs Massachusetts statewide criminal justice initiative resulting in March 2021 Massachusetts Bar Association's landmark publication titled, "Conviction Integrity Programs: Guide to Best Practices for Prosecutorial Offices."

Cole receives the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 "Volunteer Recognition Award" for "helping to establish the MBA as a thought leader in the areas of immigrant rights and criminal justice reform."


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.'

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

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.

Read Boston Globe's tribute to Ruby Rogers, quoting Richard Cole: Lead plaintiff in landmark civl rights case, brought by Cole, establishing hopitalized psychiatric patients right to refuse anti-psychotic drugs.

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