A graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review and head of two student organizations, Professor Bell clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in Philadelphia, lawyered for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and served as the housing specialist for a statewide Legal Services backup center in Rochester, N.Y., before entering teaching full-time.
Professor Bell co-authored the book Accidental Justice: The Dilemmas of Tort Law, for Yale University Press with Jeffrey O’Connell, the “father” of American no-fault laws, in 1997. He has written numerous articles and has taught and created numerous courses in the Torts and Health Law fields during his academic career. Beyond teaching in his Torts and Health specialties, Professor Bell has taught courses in Public Health Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Lawyering, Legal Writing, Family Law, Federal Litigation, and Evidence, and was a founding faculty member For many years, he chaired Syracuse Law School’s Curriculum Committee.
Following more than a decade of work on legal education with fellow law professors in the Center for Law and Human Values, Professor Bell was selected in 1995 to be a group co-leader for the AALS’once-a-decade national Conference on New Ideas in Law School Teaching. Early in his career, Professor Bell served on the Board of the Central NY Civil Liberties Union, including as its Chair. From 1996-2003, he also moonlighted as the assistant varsity coach for a high school basketball team in Syracuse.
Professor Bell will be visiting the University of Limerick’s School of Law during a one-year research leave from Syracuse University with his wife of 40 years, Deborah Rogers. Their two children work in the health-care field: older daughter Lauren, an M.P.H. and nurse, directs health care operations for Relief, International, in internally displaced persons’ camps in Rakhine State, Myanmar; younger daughter Natalie, a B.A. and B.S.N. recipient, works with youth and adults with autism in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.