Ellen Creel, a city prosecutor and 25-year veteran of law, has announced her decision to run for Division J Judge of the 22nd Judicial District Court, a seat being vacated by retiring Judge William “Rusty” Knight.
Creel has led a successful private practice specializing in all aspects of civil law. She also currently serves as a prosecutor for the Town of Franklinton, and as the town’s legal counsel. Representing individuals, businesses, and public government bodies in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, Creel has managed hundreds of cases in both district and/or appellate courts.
Ellen Creel led the Washington Parish Bar Association as President and represented the judicial district as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates. She is a member of the 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of Bowling Green School, and currently serves as President of the Board for the Franklinton Association for Challenged Citizens/Washington Parish Activity Center, a non-profit that serves adults with special needs.
Said Creel, “Judge Knight set the highest of standards in his administration of Division J, both in the cases brought before him as well as his innovation of the Re-entry Court. I will uphold those standards if given the opportunity to serve. I have always relied on the law to help others. I believe strong ethics and professionalism are traits that must always be practiced, and they have been the foundation of my career in law. I will follow the rule of law as it is written, and I will work to move cases quickly, weed out frivolous lawsuits, and demand accountability from everyone who uses the court, including myself. As judge, I will render well-documented, carefully researched decisions that are firm, but fair. I have the experience and temperament to serve on this bench.”
Creel is a graduate of Mississippi College where she studied history, served as Vice-President of the Student Body, and was selected as the student delegate to the university’s Disciplinary Committee, a role where she advocated on the students’ behalf for fair hearings and just penalties. At Mississippi College, Creel was named to the Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed to only four students in her class. She completed the coursework for a Master’s in History in one year.
In 1996, Creel graduated from LSU Law School. She attended law school on two scholarships, earned the highest grade in constitutional law, and was one of five students selected to the prestigious Inns of Court, a program designed to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring.
Creel has been married to her college sweetheart, Brandon, for 28 years. Together they have three boys: Hampton, Harrison, and Hayes. Creel previously taught Sunday school at Clifton Baptist Church where Brandon is a deacon. Creel, 50, is an active supporter of Safe Harbor, a Washington/St. Tammany non-profit that offers aid to victims of domestic violence.