Andrea Bell is a Partner at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP. Her practice concentrates on representing public school districts and charter schools in Massachusetts. Ms. Bell regularly works on matters involving school district policy development, special education, labor and employment matters and student discipline. Ms. Bell also provides workshops and trainings to client school districts, collaborative programs, and through the Focused Seminar Series offered by SCM. In addition to practicing in the field of education law, she also has a background in non-profit corporate law.
Ms. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bars. She also has reviewed and graded bar exams (February and July) for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners for several years.
Prior to joining Stoneman Chandler & Miller LLP in 2003, Ms. Bell served as the General Counsel to the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In that capacity she was corporate counsel to the Association, administered the legal services program for member principals and assistant principals nationwide, was a featured speaker/ presenter at meetings for various state affiliate organizations, and worked on national policy initiatives for the Association. She worked with such programs as the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Association of Student Councils and Common Application, Inc. She also presented at NASSP’s LEAD Conferences in Chicago, IL and Stamford, CT in 2011.
In 2012 she has authored the chapter on “Preventing and Responding to Harassment and Bullying in Public Schools” in School Law in Massachusetts, published by MCLE. In 2011 she co-authored an article entitled “A Past, Present and Future Look at No Child Left Behind” for the Human Rights Journal published by the American Bar Association. She also authored numerous editions of Special Education Commentary for the Massachusetts Special Education Reporter, A Legal Memorandum, covering such as First Amendment, religion, student handbooks, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commercialism in schools and copyright law for NASSP, and Cases in Point, a monthly column in Principal Leadership magazine for NASSP.