Cord is a Southern Illinois. He was raised in Metropolis and attended Massac County High School. He received his bachelors degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University of Law and graduated in 2008. Since then, he has continuously practiced law in Illinois. Upon graduating law school, Cord joined Kruger, Henry & Hunter as an associate attorney. In December, 2012, driven by a desire for public service, Cord also became a public defender for Massac County, Illinois. He represented the indigent criminal defendants in misdemeanor and felony cases, and juveniles and parents in juvenile court. He continued in that dual-position until August, 2016.
In August, 2014, Cord was sworn in as a judge Advocate General, First Lieutenant, for the Illinois Army National Guard. In 2015, Cord attended and successfully completed the Direct Commission Course at Ft. Benning Georgia. The Direct Commission Course's mission is to train, educate and mentor officers into competent, confident and adaptable leaders able to lead Soldiers in any operational environment. Following the Direct Commission Course, Cord attended the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course at the judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. During that course, officers receive instruction in military law, research and communication skills in writing and speaking . Officers also study personnel law, military criminal law and trial advocacy, claims, legal assistance, contract and was placed on the Commandant's List. Further driven by public service, Cord was awarded a certificate for participating in community service events in Charlottesville.
Cord has tried and won bench trials and jury trials in Southern Illinois. He has Successfully briefed and argued appeals in the 5th district Appellate Court and Supreme Court of Illinois.
Shawnee Community College
Southern Illinois University- Carbondale ( B.S Finance, 2005, J.D.
Southern Illinois University School of Law ( J.D., 2008)
U.S District Court- Southern District of Illinois