Bella Wolitz

Bella Sewall Wolitz

[email protected]

Assistant Professor of Law


J.D. Yale Law School

B.A. Harvard College


Course Taught: Legal Communication

Before joining LMU Law in 2017, Professor Wolitz was a lawyer for the U.S. Department of the Interior specializing in transboundary water resources and federal Indian law. In that capacity, she negotiated major legislation on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and served as lead agency counsel on several Supreme Court cases involving interstate conflict over water resources. She is a former law clerk of the Honorable Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court, an inactive member of the Vermont bar, and a member of the New York bar.

Professor Wolitz previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has given multiple trainings and lectures on topics in Federal Indian law and water law. She received a Certificate of Commendation from the Department of Justice, a Solicitor’s Excellence Award from the Department of the Interior, and a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service from the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to law school, Professor Wolitz worked for the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C.

Professor Wolitz’s favorite part of legal practice has always been writing, and she shares that enthusiasm with her students. She emphasizes the need to face a blank page with courage and conviction, to produce multiple drafts, and to craft each document to fit its context and purpose. Drawing on her experience advising public sector clients on both legislation and litigation, she likes helping her students to see the big picture within which law develops. This makes the writing process more interesting by making students aware of the need to communicate strategically to reach various audiences.

Professor Wolitz grew up in central Maine. East Tennessee’s mountains and lakes remind her of home, only with much warmer weather. When she is not teaching, Professor Wolitz enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. On weekends, she and her two sons frequent Zoo Knoxville and Lawson McGhee Library.