Angela A. Allen-Bell
Director of Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute
B.K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor
Scholarly Interests: Social Justice, Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice & Procedure, Civil Rights & Human Rights.
Courses Taught: Legal Writing & Analysis I, Legal Writing & Analysis II, Legal Research, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law I & Law & Minorities
Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a 1998 graduate of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to entering law school, Bell served as a Program Director for the National Council of Negro Women of Greater New Orleans. After law school, she spent ten years working at an appellate court and, in this capacity, gained an expertise in appellate law. In 2008, she left the judiciary and began her career in academia as a law professor.
Professor Bell is a committed public servant who frequently lends her time to causes involving social and/or restorative justice, criminal justice reform and prisoner reentry. Additionally, Professor Bell engages in advocacy work and is regular speaker in her community, as well as for professional organizations. Her topics range from motivational messages to diversity and cultural competency talks to presentations about social, restorative or criminal justice and/or constitutional, civil or human rights issues. She has the distinction of having worked on several historic advocacy campaigns, such as the Angola 3 case, the case of Soledad Brother John Clutchette and the abolishment of Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law. She has made many media appearances and particated in countless local, national and international media collaborations to discuss her scholarship and her advocacy work, including Sky News (United Kingdom), La Presse (France), Le Nouvel Observateur (France), MSNBC (News Nation with Tamron Hall), NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio (All Things Considered).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, A Primer on the “Bell Case Synthesis Method” & A Lesson On Adult Child’s Play, 2 Univ. of Bologna L. Rev. 1, 68 (2017).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Student Author, Comment, The Birth of The Crime: Driving While Black (DWB), 25 S.U.L. Rev. 195 (1997) reprinted in 44 S.U.L. Rev. 39 (2016).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, The Incongruous Intersection of the Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, 39 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1157 (2016)..
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, How The Narrative About Louisiana’s Non-Unanimous Criminal Jury System Became A Person Of Interest in The Case Against Justice In The Deep South, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 585 (2016) (Lead
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, A Prescription for Healing a National Wound: Two Doses of Executive Direct Action Equals a Portion of Justice and a Serving of Redress for America & The Black Panther Party, 5 Univ. Miami
- Race & Soc. Justice L.Rev. 1 (2015) (Lead Article).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Activism Unshackled & Justice Unchained: A Call to Make a Human Right Out of One of the Most Calamitous Human Wrongs to Have Taken Place on American Soil, 7 J. of Law & Social Deviance 125 (2014).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Perception Profiling & Prolonged Solitary Confinement Viewed Through The Lens of The Angola 3 Case: When Prison Officials Become Judges, Judges Become Visually Challenged and Justice Becomes Legally Blind, 39 Hastings Const. L.Q. 763 (2012) (Lead Article).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Passageway on a Journey to Justice: National Lessons Learned About Justice From Louisiana’s Response to Hurricane Katrina, 46 Cal. W. L. Rev. 2 (2010) (Lead Article).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Student Author, Comment, The Birth of The Crime: Driving While Black (DWB), 25 S.U.L. Rev. 195 (Fall 1997).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences, Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, 113th Cong. (Feb. 25, 2014) (statement of Angela A. Allen-Bell).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Louisiana Justice Commission Hearing-Written Testimony (Nov. 2, 2013).
- Angela A. Allen-Bell, Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences, Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights (June 19, 2012) (statement of Angela A. Allen-Bell).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, La’s Non-Unanimous Jury System: An Assault Upon the Sixth
Amendment & An Attack Upon Justice, The Trial Lawyer, Summer 2018.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, La’s Non-Unanimous Jury Law: An Instrument of Legal, Political, Social Oppression, The Drum News, March 9, 2018.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, ‘Soledad Brother’ John Clutchette Granted Parole – Will California Gov. Jerry Brown Reverse the Decision? (Written Interview), Angola 3 News & San Francisco Bay View (01/19/18).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Why Stop at Confederate Monuments? Remove the Codification of Supremacy and Oppression by Abandoning the Use of Non-Unanimous Juries in Criminal Cases (ABA Section of Litigation,
Diversity & Inclusion), Fall 2017.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Statement About Today’s SCOTUS Decision on the Dale Lambert Case, Think504, Oct. 3, 2017.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Non-Unanimous Juries Are Relics of White Supremacy, Wash. Post, Sept. 23, 2017, at A17.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Louisiana’s Non-Unanimous Jury System: A Legal Injustice for Many Criminal Defendants, Around the Bar, Sept. 2017, at 16.
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Plantations Were Prisons: Mobilizing for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March (Written Interview), Angola 3 News & Facing South (8/17/17).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice is Needed for Albert
Woodfox, The Black Panther Party & The Nation (Written Interview), Angola 3 News & The Institute for Southern Studies (6/29/15).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party (Written Interview), Angola 3 News & OpEdNews (Sept. 7, 2014).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Nelson Mandela: A World-Class Sportsman and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Civil and Human Rights League, in A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA (12/13).
Angela A. Allen-Bell, Solitary Confinement on Trial (Written Interview), Angola 3 News & San Francisco Bay View Newspaper (6/18/12).
Herman’s House-Study Guide Expert for PBS Online Materials (June 2013).
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Featured in: Interview with Professor Angela Bell, Legal Narratives Blog, May 2018.
Quoted in: John Sammon, Law Scholar Says Measure Requiring Unanimous Jury Vote for Felony Convictions in Louisiana Is Needed, Louisiana Record, May 1, 2018.
Quoted in: Anthony Izaguirre, Louisiana Takes Aim at Jim Crow-Era Jury Law, Associated Press, April 15, 2018.
Quoted in: John Simerman & Gordon Russell, In Louisiana’s Split Verdict Rule, White Supremacist Roots Maintain Links to Racists Past, The Advocate, April 7, 2018.
Featured in : William Fox, A Soledad Brother: How a group of Students Hundreds of Miles from California Took on the Cause of an Aging Prisoner, Voices of Monterey Bay, March 21, 2018.
Quoted in: Larry Sharp, 10-2 Unfair Advantage, The Angolite, Nov./Dec. 2017.
Mentioned in: Edith Roberts, Monday Round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sept. 25, 2017), http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/09/monday-round-up-365/.
Quoted in: Andrew Cohen, A Vestige of Bigotry: The Supreme Court and Non-Unanimous Juries, The Marshall Project, September 25, 2017.
Quoted in: Ken Daley, Should Juries Be Unanimous? Treme Murder Case Raises Question for U.S. Supreme Court, The Times-Picayune, September 13, 2017.
Quoted in: Katti Gray, The Last Vestige of ‘Jim Crow’ Justice, The Crime Report, May 22, 2017.
Quoted in: William Snowden, Time to Toss Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts, a Vestige of Jim Crow, The Lens, February 9, 2017.
Quoted in: Rachel Aviv, How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary Confinement, The New Yorker, January 16, 2017.
Quoted in: Karen Kidd, Southern University Endowed Professors Share Secrets to Legal Academia Work, Louisiana Record, July 10, 2016.
Quoted in: Julia Craven, Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Movement Recalls COINTELPRO, Huffington Post, Aug. 20. 2015.
Quoted in: Albert Woodfox Spent More Than 40 Years in Solitude: What’s the Physical and Mental Impact?, The Times-Picayune, June 2015
Recognized by the Innocence Project N.O. for scholarly contribution and advocacy relative to change in Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law, June 1, 2018.
Selected for membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an invitation only organization for only 1% of lawyers in a region (2016-present).
Selected for membership in the National Black Lawyers-Top 100, an invitation only organization (Selected in 2015 and renewed annually).
Scholarship included in American Law Reports (A.L.R.) as a reference source under solitary confinement.
Scholarship included in American Jurisprudence as a reference source under cruel and unusual punishment.