Prof. Allen-Bell joins panel of experts to discuss LA’s non-unanimous jury verdict system


Prof. Angela Allen-Bell recently joined a panel of experts to discuss issues related to Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury verdict system. The panel was part of an end-of-the-year Continuing Legal Education seminar hosted by the New Orleans Bar Association.

Louisiana allows convictions on a less than unanimous vote by juries in criminal cases. Prof. Allen-Bell is a noted researcher and speaker on issues related to criminal justice, including Louisiana’s unique and problematic non-unanimous verdict system. Her co-panelists included Marjorie Esman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Emily Maw of the Innocence Project of New Orleans, and Edward L. Tarpley Jr., a former district attorney for Grant Parish.

Allen-Bell is an associate professor of legal analysis and writing at the Southern University Law Center, where she is the B.K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor of Law. She was recently named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her research focuses on civil rights, restorative justice, social justice, and the interplay between race and justice. She has the distinction of having been selected for membership in the National Black Lawyers-Top 100, an invitation-only organization.

In addition to being a recurrent speaker in the community, as well as in the legal arena, Prof. Allen-Bell is frequently interviewed and quoted by local, national, and international media. She has twice submitted written testimony to the United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution and has served as an expert reviewer of solitary confinement teaching materials that are available through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Click here to view her research.