Angela A. Allen-Bell

Associate Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing
(225) 771-4900 ext. 276

Courses Taught: Legal Writing & Analysis I, Legal Writing & Analysis II, Legal Research, Professional Responsibility & Constitutional Law I

Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and 1998 graduate of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is faculty advisor to the SULC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, an organization that acts to actively eliminate racism and maintain civil rights and liberties. Prior to entering law school, Bell served as a Program Director for the National Council of Negro Women of Greater New Orleans.

Professor Bell is a committed public servant who frequently lends her time to causes involving at-risk children, prisoner reentry and the plight of the indigent. Her scholarly interests include social justice, criminal justice, civil rights and human rights issues. She finds great solace in the written and spoken word. 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 and criminal justice or constitutional, civil or human rights issues. 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 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 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 (Spring 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 (Spring 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 (Spring 2010).

  • Angela A. Allen-Bell, 231 Around B., 17-8 (Article: Professionalism, Heaven, Hell or Purgatory) (Nov. 2008).

  • 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 -Written Testimony (June 19, 2012).

Expert Reviewer Herman's House-Study Guide Expert for PBS Online Materials (June 2013).


  • Angela A. Allen-Bell, Reflections, 59 (Poem: Election Day 2008) (Winter 2009).

  • Angela A. Allen-Bell, EGO Magazine 8, 13 (Poems: Attempted Murder & a Judge, but not the Judge) (Fall 2007).

  • Angela A. Allen-Bell, 206 around B. Cover, 17-8 (Poem: Aretha Castle Haley) (April 2006).

Awards & Recognitions

  • Selected for membership in The National Black Lawyers: Top 100.

  • Selected as the "Rising Star Researcher", 04/2014, Southern University Law Center

  • Voted "Favorite Professor", 2009, Southern University Law Center

  • American Law Reports (A.L.R.) added a 2012 article she authored to volume 82. The article is listed as a reference source under solitary confinement.

  • American Jurisprudence, 2nd Edition added a 2012 article she authored to volume 60. The article is listed as a reference source under cruel and unusual punishment.