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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 2020-2021 School Year

Providing professional development to promote equity and a positive school climate and culture, build systems and skills and for learning practical strategies for effectively meeting the requirements of federal civil rights laws and the state bullying law.

October 8, 14, 15, 2020

"Building Positive Race and Ethnic Relations in the Current Political Climate" (New Virtual, Interactive Workshop; two hours each day)


July 28, 2020

"Effectively Investigating Discriminatory Harassment and Bullying"                                          (Cancelled due to COVID-19)



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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 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.

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.

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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