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2016 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 JANUARY 12, 2016


Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll announced today her intention to retire at the end of this year after 34 years as a jurist.

“Notwithstanding the constitutional age-limitations for judicial candidacy, I have always said there is a time in life for everything. My time has come to bring my judicial career to an end. Now, in my last judicial year, I am looking forward toward my retirement. It will be with tears of joy, pride and humility that on December 31, 2016, at midnight, I will retire my robe in the great ‘Hall of Justice’ knowing that I contributed 34 years of jurisprudence that maintained a balance between liberty, justice and order, between unity and diversity, and between individual rights and collective needs. Until that time. I will continue to serve you evenhandedly, courageously, patiently with a clear head, and with strong traces of common sense and kindness.”

Justice Knoll is one of ten children. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University in 1966 and 1969, respectively. She received her Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School in 1996. From 1972 to 1982, she served as first assistant district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District Court, Avoyelles Parish. In 1982, Knoll was elected as judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal and was reelected in 1993. She took office on the Louisiana Supreme Court on January 1, 1997.

Prior to her career in the law, Justice Knoll attended Loyola University School of Music on a voice scholarship and was a guest soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony and the New Orleans Summer Pops. She was also the winner of a Metropolitan Opera Association and New Orleans Opera Guild Scholarship to study voice at the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of Maestro Kurt Adler and at Mannes College of Music. She studied in New York City in 1962 and 1963.

Justice Knoll has been married to attorney Jerold “Eddie” Knoll for 49 years, and they are the parents of 5 sons.

Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll
Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll

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