James A.H. Bell
More than forty years ago, a second-year law student strongly suggested that James (Jim) A.H. Bell apply to law school at the University of Tennessee. At that time, Bell was a recent graduate from East Tennessee State University, having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Criminology. The person making that suggestion was a future United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, James Russell Dedrick. Bell promptly enrolled at the University of Tennessee College of Law in the spring of 1971. He was back in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, with no job, no income, no scholarship, nor any other means to obtain his degree.