Independent Minds, Working Together
Judge Sam Bell

The Bell Lectureship

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell ('47), Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose of the Bell Lectureship is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope by way of this lectureship to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also will join their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

Judge Bell passed away on December 23, 2010.


Jeffrey J. Rachlinski (2014); Professor of Law Cornell Law School; "Predictable Misjudgment: How Intuition Misleads Professional Decision Makers." This lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall. 

Elizabeth Bartholet (2013); Morris Wasserstein Professor of Law Faculty Director; "Child Advocacy Program Harvard Law School"

Anita L. Allen (2012); Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School; "Privacy Law and Social Change”

Kent Greenawalt (2011); University Professor; Columbia Law School; "Religious Convictions and Political Judgments: Are They a Misfit?"

Akhil Reed Amar (2010); Sterling Professor of Law; Yale Law School; "Ohio and the Constitution"

Heidi M. Hurd (2009); David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy; University of Illinois College of Law; "The Morality of Mercy"

Entire list of Bell Distinguished Lectures (.pdf).