Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Rosalyn B. Bell
MSA SC 3520-13101

Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, 1978-1980;
Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1980-1983;
Judge, At Large, Court of Special Appeals, 1983-1993.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, April 22, 1923.  Attended Trenton High School; Simmons College, B.S. 1944; National University Law School, J.D., 1951; University of Virginia, LL.M., 1988.  Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1951; Maryland Bar, 1965.

Trustee, 1973-1978;director, 1973-1977, Montgomery -Prince George's Continuing Legal Education Institute.
Treasurer, 1974-1975; Woman Lawyer of the Year, 1975; District of Columbia Women's Bar Association.
Co-Author, " Estate Planning Moderate Estates," Maryland State Bar Association, (1975).
Executive committee, 1975-1976, Montgomery county Bar Association.
Vice-President, 1976-1978; trustee, 1979-1980, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL).
Board of Governors, 1976-1978; executive committee, 1977-1978, Maryland State Bar Association.
Professional Achievement Award, George Washington University Law Association, 1980.
Chairperson, Montgomery county Abused Spouse Task Force, 1980 -
Focus Women's Award, Women's Commission of Montgomery County, 1981.
Alumni Achievement Award, Simmons College, 1982.
Certificate of Appreciation, Montgomery County Spousal Abuse Program, 1983.
Fellow, 1983 - present; vice-chair, 1987-1988; chair 1988-1989, Maryland Bar Foundation.
Certificate of Honor for Work in Advancing the Status of Women, Soroptimist International, 1984.
Fellow, American Bar Foundaiton, 1984.
Charter Member; president, 1983-1985; director district four, 1985-1987, Women's Bar Association of Maryland.
Board of Directors, National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, 1984-1985.
Advisory Committee, adjunct faculty,  University of Baltimore School of Law.
Author, "Alimony and the Financially Dependent Spouse in Montgomery County, Maryland," Family Law Quarterly, (Fall 1988).
Rita Charmatz Davidson Award, Maryland Women's Bar Association, 1988.
Member, Special Joint Committee on Gender Bias in the Courts, 1987-1989.
     issued a report entitled, "Report of the Special Joint Committee on Gender Bias in the Courts," May 1989.
Member, Select Joint Committee on Gender Neutrality, 1989.
Adjunct Professor, American University School of Law, 1989.
Rosalyn B. Bell Award established by The Women's Law Center of Maryland, 1992.
Inducted in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 1993.
Author, Maryland Civil Jury Instructions and Commentary, (Charlottesville, VA: Michie, Co.,), 1993.
Co-Author, Trial of a Domestice Case, (Baltimore, MD: MICPEL), 1996.
Board of Directors; Chair, Special Projects Committee, The Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts.
Author, "Instructing Juries in Genomic Evidence Cases," Judges Journal of the American Bar Association, 36 No. 3, (1997).
Member, American Bar Association.
Member, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Member, National Conference of Appellate Judges.
Member, American Judges Association.
Member, Health Care Decisions Advisory Council.

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