Biography of Phyleccia Reed Cole

Phyleccia Reed Cole, originally from Alton, Illinois, serves as Associate General Counsel in Edwardsville.  Ms. Cole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University, and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law.

Ms. Cole began her legal career as an Associate with the law firm of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin in St. Louis, Missouri, and then with several other attorneys from that firm joined the newly formed firm of Mickes, Tueth, Keeney, Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. Ms. Cole represented K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and private companies, and practiced primarily in the areas of Education Law, Student Discipline and Student Rights, Civil Rights, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination.

Ms. Cole began at SIU in August 2007 on the Carbondale campus, and transferred to SIUE in January 2010.  She is currently responsible for various matters including litigation and litigation management, employment and personnel matters, labor and collective bargaining, student discipline and other student affairs related issues, legal aspects of campus security and safety, including serving on the campus’ threat assessment team, creditor and bankruptcy issues, representation of the University before the Office of Civil Rights, EEOC and Illinois Department of Human Rights, and representation of the University before the Illinois Court of Claims in various types of lawsuits.

Ms. Cole is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri, and before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal District Courts in the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri.  Ms. Cole is a member and former executive committee member of the Mound City Bar Association, a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis Program, a former St. Louis County Truancy Court Judge, a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Teleios Project, and a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  Ms. Cole is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and currently serves as an inaugural fellow of the ISBA Diversity Leadership Institute, and a member of the ISBA Education Law Section Council.