Stacy Leeds has served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 2011. She holds law degrees from the University of Wisconsin (LL.M.) and the University of Tulsa (J.D.). She is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee (M.B.A).
From 2003-2011, she served in several capacities as a faculty member at the University of Kansas. Within the School of Law, she was served as interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center and Professor of Law. In 2015, she received the annual teacher of the year recognition, the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she served as interim Chair of Indigenous Nations Studies. She was selected by the Office of Provost as a 2006-2007 Senior Administrative Fellow.
From 2000-2003, she served as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the University of North Dakota. She began her career in higher education at the University of Wisconsin School of Law as a William H. Hastie Fellow from 1998-2000.
Leeds is a recipient of the American Bar Association's Spirit of Excellence Award (2013), an elected member of the American Law Institute (2011), a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow affiliated with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University (2008-2009) and a recipient of the Cherokee National Statesmanship Award (2014). She is currently affiliated with Northeastern State University as the Sequoyah Fellow (2015).
Dean Leeds has a strong record of public service. In 2011, she was appointed to the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform to conduct a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of the United States Department of Interior's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets. In 2013, she began a three-year term as Chairperson Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. In addition to serving as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court (2002-2006), she is frequently tapped to provide conflict resolution in government and higher education sectors.
At Arkansas Law, she teaches Property Law and American Indian Law courses.
As a scholar, she has published over twenty articles, essays and book chapters. In 2013, she published the book Mastering American Indian Law, with Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman of the University of Idaho College of Law.
Leeds is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and currently the only American Indian dean of a law school.