Jocelyn Cooney

Jocelyn McCurtain Cooney

Adjunct Professor


  • B.A., University of Washington, Sociology and Music, 2012
  • American Indian Law Center- Pre-Law Summer Institute, 2012
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2015


Jocelyn Cooney is an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jocelyn is currently a Tribal Liaison, working with the 25 Federally recognized tribes in the District. Jocelyn works collaboratively with the Tribes and Federal Agencies to prosecute violent crime in Indian Country. Jocelyn also ensures that Tribal Communities needs are represented to the U.S. Attorney for our District. She also serves as the Externship Coordinator for Seattle University School of Law students at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to her work as an AUSA, Jocelyn was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Jocelyn worked as a trial attorney in the sexually violent predator, sexual assault, domestic violence, felony trial and involuntary treatment act units. Jocelyn has tried a range of cases, from misdemeanor offenses to homicides. She also supervised fellow deputies in the office and argued in front of the Division I Court of Appeals. Jocelyn volunteered as both a mock trial and moot court coach for Seattle University School of Law for several years after graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2015. While at Seattle University School of Law, Jocelyn competed in in-house, regional, and national mock trial and moot court competitions. She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Indian Law Journal, the President of the Native American Law Students Association, an area Representative of the National Native American Law Student Association and was awarded the now titled Douglas R. Nash Native American Scholarship. Jocelyn is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. During her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two giant dogs: Ofi and Coda.