ORLEANS — Former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Knoll
recently was presented with the St. Ives Award by the Loyola
University New Orleans College of Law Alumni Association.
received the award on Feb. 3 during a university event.
the St. Ives Award is granted to Loyola College of Law graduates who
possess the “highest standards of the profession,
volunteered service to the university and college, and has furthered
the College of Law and Alumni Association in significant and
Knoll, who has received two degrees from Loyola, is a former member
of the school's alumni board, sat on the Women in Law Committee and
is an emeritus member of the Law Visiting Committee.
have so many wonderful memories associated with my times at Loyola,”
Knoll said in the Loyola report.
“Receiving the prestigious St. Ives Award is truly an honor and a
blessing coming from the institution that prepared me for my career
and has already given me so much.”
road to a career in law began
in the late 1960’s when she transferred from the Mannes College of
Music in New York City to be back home in New Orleans following the
death of her mother. She traded music studies for political science
and history at Loyola, a path that brought her to Eddie Knoll, who
would later become her husband. He convinced Knoll to pursue law.
from the Loyola College of Law in 1969, Knoll spent the first three
years of her 34-year career as an defender of indigents in Avoyelles
Parish. From 1972 to 1982, she was first assistant district attorney
for the 12th
Judicial District. Knoll later earned her master's in judicial law
from the University of Virginia School of Law and won several bench
seats before taking her seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court in
January 1997, where she served until her retirement
in December 2016.
received the St. Ives Award from her husband.