BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY)—In honor of one of their own, the Louisiana Supreme Court sat “en banc” in a courtroom ceremony for Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll on her last day on the bench.
Justice Knoll was surrounded by friends, family and a host of colleagues who celebrated the soon to be retired justice’s last day on the bench.
She had begun her service to the state in 1983 when she was elected to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, being the first woman to have ever been elected to an appellate court in the history of Louisiana.
According to a news release, Jusitce Knoll received her undergraduate degree and her law degree from Loyola University.
Jusice Knoll started as a defender in Avoyelles Parish and for 13 years were she practiced law with Knoll and Knoll.
From 1972-1982 she served as the first Assistant District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District. In 1996, she earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law.
“Twenty years ago Justice Knoll joined the Louisiana Supreme Court bench and she has since devoted herself to serving the Court, the judiciary and the people of Louisiana. She has established an impressive record during her time here, having read and voted on over 58,000 writ applications and authored nearly 200 Louisiana Supreme Court full opinions. When you add this to the 856 opinions she wrote during her 14 year tenure at the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, it is impossible to overstate Justice Knoll’s contribution to the development of Louisiana Law. Justice Knoll is also a gifted operatic soprano who once dreamed of an opera career. It is the good fortune of the State of Louisiana that law was her ultimate calling,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson said.
Her official last day before retirement is December 31, 2016.