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James A.H. Bell named to executive committee of nation's top criminal defense organization

Washington, DC (August 22, 2001) -- James A.H. Bell, a criminal defense lawyer in Knoxville since 1974, has been named to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers by NACDL President Irwin Schwartz of Seattle. Bell will serve in the position of Parliamentarian.

The committee meets regularly to set the agenda for the 10,500-plus-member NACDL, the nation's leading membership organization representing the criminal defense bar and criminal justice issues.

Bell previously served two terms on NACDL's board of directors, and has been active in numerous NACDL committees. He is currently vice-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and of the DUI Advocacy Committee, and serves on the Budget Committee.

A 1970 graduate of East Tennessee State University and a 1973 graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School, Bell is also Past President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and an elected Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He was a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense in 1995.

Bell resides in Knoxville with his wife Angela and their three children. 

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.