Awards and Honors

Some of Chief Judge Bell’s awards include:

John Marshall Award from the American Bar Association Justice Center, for making “extraordinary improvements in the administration of justice in the categories of judicial independence, justice system reform, and public awareness about the justice system,” 2013

Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award, the Association for Conflict Resolution’s award for “dedicated leadership and passionate contribution to bridging the divides between people of different cultures and backgrounds,” 2012

Inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011

Judge William H. Hastie Award, the National Bar Association Judicial Council’s highest award for excellence in legal and judicial scholarship and demonstrated commitment to justice under law, 2011

Morgan State University renamed its Center for Civil Rights in Education the Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education in 2010

Maryland State Bar Association 2006 ADR Section Chair’s Award (for pioneering work in promoting alternative dispute resolution processes within the Maryland judiciary, legal community, businesses, schools, government agencies and neighborhoods)

University of Maryland System Frederick Douglass Award, 2006

Freedom Fighters Award (Frederick County NAACP), 2006

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Special Recognition Award, 2005

University of Baltimore School of Law¬†Students for Public Interest’s first annual Robert M. Bell Award for Leadership in Public Service, 2004

Maryland Legal Services Corporation, Medal for Access to Justice, 2004

D’Alemberte/Raven Award,¬† ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, 2003

Access to Justice Tribute Award, Pro Bono Resource Center, 2001

Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, American Bar Association, 2000

Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of Public Service Responsibility, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1999

Rosalyn B. Bell Award, Women’s Law Center of Maryland, 1999

Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education