Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD)

2021 Recipients

Photograph: Jennifer Cocking.Jennifer Cocking, '12, is currently vice president and assistant general counsel for Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka. She started her career as a research attorney to the Honorable Lawton Nuss, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. At the Supreme Court, she advised the justices on both civil and criminal matters and was the lead attorney assigned to the Gannon school finance case.

Cocking was appointed to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board in 2016 and has served as its chair for the past three years. She is also the immediate past-president of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, which, under her leadership, experienced significant membership growth and established an endowed scholarship for Washburn Law students. She is co-chair of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association's Membership and Communications Committee; chair of the Kansas Bar Association's Membership Committee; chair of the Topeka Bar Association's Public Relations Committee; and a Kansas Bar Foundation fellow. She worked extensively on the campaign to retain the five Kansas Supreme Court justices on the ballot in 2016 and is a passionate advocate for judicial independence. In 2018, Cocking was appointed by Laura Kelly, then the governor-elect, to serve on the first ad hoc Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Committee. She was recently honored by the YWCA of Northeast Kansas as a Women of Excellence and recognized as one of Topeka's Top 20 Under 40. Cocking serves on the Washburn University Alumni Association board of directors and is a lifetime member of both the University's and Law School's alumni associations. She is a member of Washburn Women's Venture Partners and has served as a mentor to first-year law students.

Photograph: LeTiffany Obozele.LeTiffany Obozele, 12, serves as the chief of prosecution for the City of Topeka Legal Department. With a supportive legal team, she performs a wide range of administrative duties, prosecutes misdemeanor, traffic, and code enforcement cases, and is responsible for case appeals to district and appellate courts, including the Kansas Supreme Court. She also provides legal guidance to the city’s elected officials, employees, and interns. Obozele has also worked for the Douglas County district attorney, the Office of the Kansas Attorney General, and the Sedgwick County district attorney.

Obozele has been committed to actively giving back to Washburn Law. She serves as an adjunct professor where she co-teaches trial advocacy and other skills courses and coaches the TYLA trial team since 2015. She is active in her profession and community. She is a member of the City of Topeka Core Team for the Kansas Leadership Center, a member of the Topeka Bar Association, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, and Sam A. Crow Inn of Court. Obozele is on the board of directors, leadership team, and the health herd for Forge Young Professionals. She also is the Topeka representative for the Kansas African American Museum board of directors and is the rotating host for KTWU’s I’ve Got Issues program.