Chief Judge Robert M. Bell
January 6, 2014
Chief Judge Robert M. Bell has been involved in civil rights, justice, and law in a variety of capacities for almost his entire life.
Judge Bell attended Dunbar (#101)/ Charles Carroll of Carrollton (#139) for elementary school, Dunbar Junior/Senior High School, Morgan State University for undergrad, and Harvard Law School. Judge Bell was involved in the Civil Rights Movement from a young age—at 16, Judge Bell participated in a sit-in with 12 other students to protest racial segregation and was subsequently arrested. This case was later heard before the Supreme Court where Chief Judge Bell was represented by Thurgood Marshall and Juanita Jackson Mitchell.
After graduating from law school, Judge Bell continued to pursue his passion for justice by serving as a Chief Judge for the Maryland Court of Appeals—he was the first African American to hold this position.
Since his retirement, Judge Bell has been dedicated to empowering the community by actively participating in youth programs and charity events and by advocating for domestic violence awareness.
In fall 2013, Judge Bell served as a civil rights "Legend" to students at Collington Square School as part of Street Law's Closing the Gap initiative.
Want to get involved? Volunteers are needed for the spring 2014 session of Closing the Gap! Contact Janae Harrison for more information (email@example.com).
(Reproduced with permission)