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Judge Rachel L. Bell

  • 3rd Generation Nashvillian

  • Graduate of Hillsboro High School

  • Played NCAA Division 1, Women's Basketball

    • Auburn University - 1997 SEC Championship​

    • University of Memphis

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Memphis

  • Juris Doctorate, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis

  • Elected to General Sessions Court, 2012

  • Re-Elected in 2014

  • Started the Music City Community  Court​​ which is the first of its kind in the State of TN

Tennessee Human Rights Award for Outstanding Service

In 2021, Judge Bell was presented with the Tennessee Human Rights Award for Outstanding Service. Each year, this award is presented to devoted human rights leaders who have done amazing work to advance human rights.

Presenting at the White House Eviction Prevention Summit

In 2021, Judge Bell was a featured speaker during the White House Eviction Prevention Summit. During the summit, Judge Bell shared the work being done in Davidson County through the L.E.G.A.C.Y.


The General Sessions Music City Community Court

Division VII (8) was founded by Judge Rachel L. Bell in 2012. Since its inception, the court has piloted several community initiatives focused on preventive and diversionary justice focused on the concept that "justice does not stop at the courthouse steps."

Legalweek Leaders In Tech Law Access to Justice Award

LegelWeek Leaders In Tech Law honored Judge Rachel Bell and the General Session Music City Community Court (MCC) Division VIII, Davidson County (Nashville, TN) with the Access to Justice Award for 2021.

Women Who Rock Judicial Excellence Award

 Judge Bell’s motto, “Justice does NOT stop at the courthouse steps!” is ingrained in everything she does and she has implemented and supported numerous programs that work for the betterment of the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County. 

Janice M. Holder Award

Judge Bell, the recipient of the 2021 Janice M. Holder Award, was recognized for the innovative approaches to addressing legal issues within Davidson County and working to make the legal system more accessible to the community.


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