Committed to Helping People from Every Walk of Life
Judge Rachel L. Bell-- affectionately referred to as Judge Rachel-- is a third generation Nashvillian and proud product of Davidson County. Her grandparents, Birdie Clark Walker and Everett Scoville Walker, were very active in the community. Her parents, Beverly Walker Bell and Dwayne L. Bell Sr., continued the legacy of community involvement and instilled that value in their daughter from a very young age.
Judge Bell ran a well-organized and unprecedented campaign in 2012 to serve as Davidson County General Sessions Judge for Division VIII (8). She was elected to fulfill the remaining two (2) year term from the vacancy left by her predecessor, Judge Leon Ruben, after he passed away in October 2011. Since her election Judge Bell has presided over more than 6931 Criminal, 4766 Civil, and 1039 Mental Health court cases, totaling 12,736 during her first year on the bench. Judge Bell approached each case with deliberate thought and careful consideration. She recognizes that each unique person’s case, at that moment, is the most important case in the court system. Judge Bell is deeply committed to the rule of law, applying it fairly, impartially and treating all participants in the court process with dignity and respect.
Within her first year, Judge Bell has established a solid reputation as a judge who cares about each individual person that comes before the bench. She is able to balance compassion with the strict letter of the law. Judge Bell has a heightened sensitivity to the fact that many people before her are there without counsel and they are intimidated by the process. Judge Bell takes time to patiently listen to all parties-- victims, witnesses, and the defendants themselves. Judge Bell guards the integrity of the judicial system and she will continue to do so by being fair and render justice to ALL.
Judge Bell proved that she is qualified and equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to continue to serve as a leader in General Sessions Court for Davidson County. She gained the respect of her peers and practicing attorneys that come before her. Judge Bell has been recognized by the community at large by organizations such as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce who honored her as one of Nashville’s Emerging Leaders (NELA) naming her a Finalist in Legal Services and the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ) has recognized her as an award recipient for 40 under 40.
Judge Bell is very committed to her community. It affords her the opportunity to create jobs and meet a diverse group of people. Throughout her personal and professional life, she currently and previously served on several boards such as Hands on Nashville, Davidson County Industrial Development Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF), Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women (GROW), Women in Numbers (WIN), Disciples Village, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and Kaplan Career Institute. Judge Bell works tirelessly as an active participant in the legal community serving as a fair, compassionate judge and consistently supporting, assisting and volunteering with the Davidson County community at large.
Dedicated to being a judge both on and off the bench, Judge Bell is in demand by many as a keynote and motivational speaker at community events. She volunteers and works with people from all walks of life. Shortly, after taking the bench, Judge Bell adopted a portion of highway 41A in North Nashville to establish the Judge Rachel L. Bell Beautification Project in which she participates along with court ordered community service workers and community volunteers to pick up trash, paint retaining walls, bridges and landscape the area. To learn more about Judge Bell’s commitment to service in the community please click here.
Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Bell was in private law practice with offices in both North and West Nashville. At the young age of thirteen (13), Judge Bell was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and immediately decided to devote a part of her life to assisting and inspiring others facing challenges. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital chose Judge Bell to serve as a Youth Ambassador for hospitalized children because of her successful management of diabetes and her positive spirit. After graduating from Hillsboro High School where she was a star basketball player, Judge Bell received a basketball scholarship to Auburn University. During her freshman season she participated on an SEC Championship team. Judge Bell finished her collegiate basketball career at the University of Memphis where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education. She graduated from law school at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and she brought her commitment to teamwork back her hometown of Nashville to begin her private practice and give back to the community.
Judge Bell gives her time, talent, and assets by volunteering for high school mock trial competitions, adding interns to work at her office for up to six (6) weeks at a time, coaching basketball for kids ages 7-9 and mentoring students in high school, college and graduate school. Judge Bell established the Ring the BELL Foundation which allows high school seniors and juniors to intern during their school breaks. After their internship, they are invited along with other Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) students to apply for a scholarship she funds for a Davidson County high school graduate that has been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and another for a high school graduate from North Nashville.
In her down time, her interests include playing golf, basketball, reading, singing, concerts, supporting local restaurants and businesses, motivational speaking, actively participating in her church, Broadway/Off-Broadway plays, traveling, and mentoring students.
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