Robert Holmes Bell
This page is about the federal judge for the Western District of Michigan. If you are looking for information on the Oklahoma Appellate Court judge, please see Robert D. Bell; or the Maryland Supreme Court justice, please see Robert M. Bell.
|Robert Holmes Bell|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||7/2/1987 - Present|
|Chief:||2001 - 2008|
|Preceded by:||Wendell Miles|
|Home State:||Lansing, MI|
|Undergraduate:||Wheaton College, B.A., 1966|
|Law School:||Wayne State U. Law School, J.D., 1969|
Robert Holmes Bell is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.
Early life and education
Born in Michigan's State Capital of Lansing, Bell graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a bachelor's degree in 1966 and from Wayne State University Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1969.
Bell was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ingham County, Michigan from 1969 to 1973 before becoming a Judge in the Ingham District Court from 1973 to 1979. Bell was appointed to serve as Judge of the Circuit Court Ingham County, Michigan from 1979 to 1987.
Western District of Michigan
Bell was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan by President Ronald Reagan on March 11, 1987 to a seat vacated by Wendell Miles as Miles assumed senior status. Bell was confirmed by the Senate on July 1, 1987 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 2, 1987.  Bell served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2001 to 2008.
- Chron.com, "US still wants death penalty for western Mich. man," September 16, 2011
- Judge Robert Holmes Bell's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Michigan
|Magistrate judges||Hugh Brenneman, Jr. • Tim Greeley • Joe Scoville • Ellen Carmody •|
|Former Article III judges||
Wendell Miles • David McKeague • Benjamin Gibson • Douglas Hillman • Albert Engel • Solomon Lewis Withey • Wallace Kent • Henry Franklin Severens • George Wanty • Loyal Edwin Knappen • Arthur Carter Denison • Clarence Sessions • Fred Morton Raymond • Noel Fox • Raymond Starr •
|Former Chief judges|