Angela A. Allen-Bell

B.K. Agnihotri Endowed Associate Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing
Phone: (225) 771-4900 ext. 276
Fax: (225) 771-5913
Email: Click here to contact

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

Expertise: Social Justice, Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice, Civil Rights & Human Rights.

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 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, Louisiana’s Non-Unanimous Jury System: A Legal Injustice for Many Criminal Defendants, Around the Bar, Sept. 2017, at 16.

-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 Article).

-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) (Lead Article).

– Angela A. Allen-Bell, Professionalism: Heaven, Hell or Purgatory, Around the Bar, Nov. 2008, at 17.

-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).


-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).



-Awarded the B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professorship: March 2016.
-Selected as the “Rising Star Researcher”: April 2014.
-Voted “Favorite Professor”: 2009.


-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).

-Quoted in: William Snowden, Time to Toss Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts, a Vestige of Jim Crow, The Lens, February 9, 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

-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.