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Robert M. Bell Biography

The Legacy of Slavery Exhibit for the month of February celebrates the life and legal career of Judge Robert Mack Bell. On February 17, 2005 Judge Bell was honored for his thirty years serving on the judicial bench in Maryland's court system. The display below follows Judge Bell through the different stages of his career, from his 1975 appointment to the District Court of Maryland in Baltimore City to his current position as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the highest judicial seat in the state.


"The Castle of one's Skin: Blacks recall
protest they staged in 1960 in city restaurant."

The Castle of one's Skin

The Baltimore Sun, 13 November 1994.


"Judge Robert Bell, youngest in history."

Youngest in history

The Afro-American, 10 December 1974.


"Bell named to special appeals court."

Bell named to special appeals court

The Afro-American, 17 November 1984.



Photo from Maryland Manual Collection.

MSA SC1198


MSA SC 1198.


"From a name in law books to top of Maryland bench."

From a name in law books

The Baltimore Sun, 24 October 1996.



"Chief Judge Bell Seeks to Put Human Face on Maryland's Court System."

Face on Maryland's Court System

The Daily Record, 14 June 1999.


"Youngest Supreme Bench judge ever sworn in."

Youngest ever sworn in

The Afro-American, 26 January 1980.


"Maryland Leadership in Law Award profile."

Maryland Leadership Law Award

The Daily Record, 27 October 2001.






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