Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Robert M. Bell
MSA SC 3520-11654


Newspaper articles (chronological order) -

"4 Restaurants Closed by Sit-Ins." The Baltimore Sun, 18 June 1960.

"Baltimore Students Promise They Won't Be Stopped." The Afro-American, 2 July 1960.

"Seven Sitdowners See Inside Jail." The Afro-American, 9 July 1960.

Photograph of student demonstrators. The Afro-American, 16 July 1960.

"U.S. Supreme Court grants hearings in 18 sit-in cases." The Afro-American, 23 June 1962.

"Court to Hear Maryland Cases." The Baltimore Sun, 14 October 1963.

"5 Sit-In Cases Top High Court's Docket." Afro American, 19 October 1963.
"Court Fails to Rule on Trespass Act." The Baltimore Sun, 23 June 1964.

"Sit-in Sentences Can't Stand, Says High Court." The Afro American, 4 July 1964.

"Court and Sitins." The Afro American, 11 July 1964.

"Judge Robert Bell, youngest in history." The Afro-American, 10 December 1974.

"Judge's strictures put prosecutors to the test." The Baltimore Sun, 22 May 1978.

"Commission picks two blacks for Supreme Bench." The Afro-American, 24 November 1979.

"4 named to Supreme Bench seats." The Baltimore Sun, 3 January 1980.

"Despite Bell bench appointment, blacks dismayed." The Evening Sun, 3 January 1980.

"Robert Bell named to Supreme Bench." The Afro-American, 5 January 1980.

"Judge Robert Bell to be sworn in Jan. 22." TheAfro-American, 12 January 1980.

"Praise rings true for Judge Bell." The Evening Sun, 23 January 1980.

"Youngest Supreme Bench judge ever sworn in." TheAfro-American, 26 January 1980.

"Provident reception for Judge Bell is sumptious." TheAfro-American, 26 January 1980.

"Bell, 4 other judges file for May 13 election." The Afro-American, 1 March 1980.

"Judge Robert Bell talks about justice, black-on-black crime." TheAfro-American, 22 March 1980.

"3 judicial candidates, 3 different roads." The Afro-American, 15 April 1980.

"Black judicial candidates unify campaign." The Afro-American, 26 April 1980.

"Campaign is lively for Supreme Bench." The Evening Sun, 7 May 1980.

"Five sitting judges, 2 challengers win spots on the November ballot." The Evening Sun, 14 May 1980.

"Bell, Murphy victorious." The Afro-American, 17 May 1980.

"The judge's clothes: Supreme Bench's Robert Bell takes a ribbing about his youthful looks." The Baltimore Sun, 3 June 1980.

"How city communities voted for judges." The Afro-American, 28 June 1980.

"Profiles of the six candidates for judgeships on the Supreme Bench." The Baltimore Sun 2 November 1980.

"Mitchell, Bell, Murphy win big!" The Afro-American, 8 November 1980.

"Top vote-getter Robert Bell says he's no politician." TheAfro-American, 15 November 1980.

"Judge Bell elected chairman of Provident Hospital board." TheAfro-American, 31 March 1984.

"Judge Bell on the Appeals court list." The Afro-American, 28 July 1984.

"Judge Bell picked for state court," The Baltimore Sun, 16 November 1984.

"Robert Bell appointed special appeals judge." The Evening Sun, 16 November 1984.

"Bell named to special appeals court." The Afro-American, 17 November 1984.

"Judge Bell honored." The Afro-American, 8 December 1984.

"Bell adds new twist to CSA." The Daily Record, 19 December 1984.

"Teens told 'You get what you tolerate'." The Evening Sun, 19 July 1985.

"Governor names 3 to appellate courts; black choice hailed," The Baltimore Sun, 5 May 1991.

"Bell says TV lawyer attracted him to law." The Afro-American, 11 May 1991.

Rodricks, Dan. "A very fitting role model." The Evening Sun, 23 September 1991.

"Judge offers city students an example of success." The Baltimore Sun, 25 September 1991.

"Bell of success tolls as model for Dunbar students." The Evening Sun, 25 September 1991.

"The Castle of one's Skin:  Blacks recall protest they staged in 1960 in city restaurant," The Baltimore Sun, 13 November 1994.

"Bell named 1st black chief judge in Maryland." The Capital, 23 October 1996.

"Black Judge Is Likely Choice To Lead Md. Court." The Washington Post, 23 October 1996.

"Bell named to head Md. high court," The Baltimore Sun, 24 October 1996.

"From a name in law books to top of Maryland bench," The Baltimore Sun, 24 October 1996.

"For First Time, a Black Judge Heads Maryland High Court." The Washington Post, 24 October 1996.

"The Bell appointment:  A choice that could haunt the governor," The Baltimore Sun, 27 October 1996.

"The Bell appointment:  A political decision, as it should be," The Baltimore Sun, 27 October 1996.

"Bell's sweet victory:  New top judge overcomes segregation," The Baltimore Sun, 27 October 1996.

"Bell comes to Morgan as role model." The Baltimore Sun, 8 November 1996.

"Appointment of new judges makes grand slam for Maryland." The Daily Record, 19 November 1996.

"Bell proposes creation of 6 judgeships, seeks pay raises for judiciary," The Baltimore Sun, 30 January 1997.

"Bell Barely Avoided Record In High School Trip Through the Courts," The Daily Record, 3 May 1997.

"Youth Mentoring Program Brings Chief Judge Bell to Show and Tell," The Daily Record, 28 November 1997.

"Judges courting the public," The Baltimore Sun, 29 May 1998.

"Chief Judge Delivers, 'The State of the Judiciary,'" Justice Matters, 2 (Winter 1999),

"Management, Not More Judges, Key to Solving Backlong--Bell," The Daily Record, 27 January 1999.

"State's top judge diagnoses Md. courts," Carroll County Times, 27 January 1999.

"Judge Bell takes court system to public," The Baltimore Sun, 14 April 1999.

"Chief Judge Bell Seeks to Put Human Face on Maryland's Court System," The Daily Record, 14 June 1999.

"Award for Most Euphonious Honor Goes to the Women's Law Center:  WLC Toasts Bell With a Bell; Shemer Honored for Women's Rights,"
The Daily Record, 9 October 1999.

"Chief judge:  Courts need more money," The Capital, 27 January 2000.

"Bell Praises Baltimore City Circuit In Third State of Judiciary Address," The Daily Record, 27 January 2000.

"Baltimore's court system boasts of making major improvements last year," The Baltimore Sun, 27 January 2000.

"ABA Sings Bell's Praises:  Top Judge Wins Legal Access Award," The Daily Record, 4 March 2000.

"Top judge holds court," The Baltimore Sun, 19 March 2000.

"Chief judge wins award for helping legal services," The Baltimore Sun, 3 April 2000.

"Law Day Duly Arrives, on Schedule," The Daily Record, 2 May 2000.

"Court officials explain descent into disrepair," The Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2000.

"Bell hits hot buttons in addressing Assembly on State of the Judiciary." The Daily Record, 25 January 2001.

"Pro Bono Resource Center honors Bell." The Daily Record, 20 June 2001.

"Law center to honor chief judge." The Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2001.

Maryland Leadership in Law Award profile. The Daily Record, 27 October 2001.

"MD high court rejects Gov.'s redistricting map." The Daily Record, 12 June 2002.

"Rosa Lee Bell, 84, mother of Md.'s Chief Judge."  The Baltimore Sun, 27 September 2002.
"Rosa Lee Bell, 84, Health Care Practioner." The Afro-American, 19 October 2002.

"State of the Judiciary address highlights rule of law, funding for legal services." The Daily Record, 14 February 2003.

"Chief judge to receive national honor for creating, leading mediation office." The Daily Record, 15 February 2003.

"Black attorneys remember the beginning days of integration in Baltimore's public schools." The Daily Record, 19 March 2004.

Photo of Judge Bell donating a suite to "Law Suits for the Holidays" clothing drive. The Daily Record, 1 December 2004.

"He Wears It Well." The Baltimore Sun, 4 December 2004.

Magazine/Journal articles -

Bell, Robert M. "Speech: Journey to Justice: Fiftieth Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education." University of Baltimore Law Review, 34: 1-10.

Cox, Daniel. "Going the Second Mile." Equal Justice Magazine, 3 (Fall 2004).

Hall, Wiley A. III.  "Morgan's Long and Continuing Legacy of Leadership."  Morgan State University Magazine, 1 (Spring 1997), 5-7.
Hylton, Wil S. "Burden of Proof." Baltimore, March 1997: 46-49, 100-101.

Reynolds, William L. "Foreword: The Legal History of the Great Sit-In Case of Bell v. Maryland." Maryland Law Review, 61: 761-794.

Online Materials-

Maryland Manual Online.

The History Makers, oral history interview.

Return to Robert M. Bell's Introductory Page

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