First female Clerk of Court appointed to Louisiana Supreme Court in 208-year history

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Veronica Odinet Koclanes

NEW ORLEANS, La (KLFY) — Attorney Veronica Odinet Koclanes was appointed as Louisiana Supreme Court’s Clerk of Court today, becoming the first female in this position in the court’s 208-year history.

Koclanes will succeed current Clerk John Tarlton Olivier upon his retirement at the end of the year. Olivier has served as Clerk of Court since March 1, 1996.

“Veronica is a well-respected attorney who has spent the past 23 years on staff at the Supreme
Court,” said Chief Justice John L. Weimer. “Her experience and knowledge of the Court and its
processes will serve her well as she takes on the responsibilities of Clerk of Court.”

Koclanes has served as a Law Clerk/Research Attorney for five Louisiana Supreme Court justices as well as a Research Attorney for the Civil Staff division of the Supreme Court. Additionally, she served as a Law Clerk for three judges on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and a Legislative Clerk in the Office of Senate President for the Louisiana Legislature.

Koclanes earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1991 where she was a member of the Moot Court and was Student Government Secretary. She joined the law firm of Milling, Benson, Woodward, and Hillyer and worked as an associate attorney from 1992-1995.

She is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and to practice in the Eastern District of the United States District Court.

Koclanes is married to Dr. George Koclanes and they are the parents of two adult children.

She is one of 13 children of Kenneth Louis and Rosemary Popich Odinet, three of whom, Jude Chabert, Robert Odinet, and Ms. Odinet Koclanes, are attorneys.

“I appreciate the trust and confidence placed in me by the justices of this Court,” said
Koclanes. “I am honored to follow the exemplary service of John T. Olivier, who set a high standard over his 25 years as Clerk of Court. As was done by those who came before me, I look forward to serving the Court and the public with dignity and respect and ensuring the Clerk’s office meets the expectations of the Court as well as all those parties whose matters come through this office.”

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