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Civil Rights Advocate Robert Bell to Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Vermont Law School

January 14, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Robert Mack Bell, the first African-American to serve as chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Vermont Law School's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event, which is from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chase Community Center, is free and open to the public.

Bell has been a civil rights activist since 1960 when he and several other students participated in a sit-in protest and refused to leave a segregated restaurant in his hometown of Baltimore. The students were convicted of trespassing in a case that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1964 case of Bell v. Maryland, the Court remanded the case to the state Court of Appeals, which cleared the students of all charges in 1965.

Bell, who received his JD degree from Harvard Law School, has been a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals since 1991 and its chief judge since 1996.

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