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Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 7
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89155
(702) 671-4344
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The Honorable Linda Marie Bell serves as a judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County. Judge Bell was elected in 2008 and took the bench in January of 2009. She presides in Department 7 where she hears calendars for the Adult Criminal Division Specialty Courts including Drug Court, Felony DUI Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and the O.P.E.N. probation program. Judge Bell also serves as the Grand Jury Judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court.

A life-long Nevada resident, Judge Bell graduated with honors from Bonanza High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology, with a minor in studio art. In 1993, Judge Bell received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of San Diego, School of Law. While in law school, Judge Bell served as an articles editor for the University of San Diego Law Review. She also received moot court awards for writing and oral advocacy. During law school, Judge Bell worked for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Public Defender’s Office. Following law school, she studied ethics and policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Judge Bell was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in October of 1993. After graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Sally Loehrer in the Eighth Judicial District Court. Following her clerkship, Judge Bell worked in Las Vegas law firms, practicing primarily in the areas of medical malpractice and family law. For twelve years prior to taking the bench, Judge Bell served as a public defender. She spent five years as a Clark County Public Defender, handling all manner of criminal cases. She then spent seven years in the non-capital post-conviction unit of the Law Offices of the Federal Public Defender, handling complex post-conviction cases in Nevada's state courts, the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Bell argued eleven cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including the published case of Chambers v. McDaniel.

Currently, Judge Bell serves on the board of the Nevada District Judges Association. She graduated from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program in 2008 and remains actively involved in Leadership Las Vegas, co-chairing the criminal justice day committee. She regularly participates in the Trial by Peers program and was honored as the Trial by Peers Judge of the Year in 2011. Judge Bell is a member of the Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court and currently holds the position of President. Judge Bell has also previously served on the Court Records Subcommittee, previously served as a CASA, a board member of Family and Child Treatment, a board member of the Southern Nevada Women Attorneys and a board member of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.