Judge Robert (Bobby) Bell was born on May 11, 1967, in Norman, Oklahoma. he is the oldest son of Bob and Jaynee Bell, who still reside in Norman. Judge Bell graduated from the Norman Public School System and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Judge Bell completed his legal education and received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. In law school, Judge Bell received the award for distinguished service to the College of Law House of Delegates.
Judge Bell practiced law in a private law firm in Norman, Oklahoma. While practicing law full time, Judge Bell served as Municipal Judge in Moore, Blanchard, Noble, Purcell and as a Special Municipal Judge in Broken Arrow. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law since 1998.
In June 2005, Judge Bell was appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. In November 2006, he was retained in a statewide vote for a full term. In that same year, the Journal Record named Judge Bell as one of Oklahoma's outstanding achievers under forty. In 2011, Judge Bell was elected Chief Judge, Judge Bell maintained a full appellate case load and ranked as a top author of appellate opinions. In 2011, Judge Bell was appointed Vice-President to the Oklahoma Judicial Conference. Judge Bell continues his legal education by attending seminars at the National Judicial College, Northwestern University and George Mason University.
Judge Bell and his wife, Carolyn, have two children in high school. Judge Bell enjoys Thunder basketball, college football, and is an avid outdoorsman. Judge Bell has been active in many charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Poor and enjoys devoting his free time to coaching youth sports. Judge Bell and his wife sit on the Board of Advisors for Young Life of Oklahoma City. He is an active member of Christ the King Church in Oklahoma City.
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