Stacy L. Leeds currently serves as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She joined the University of Arkansas in 2011 and was reappointed to a second term as dean in 2016. 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).
Dean Leeds was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Kansas from 2003-2011. Within the KU School of Law she served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center and Professor of Law and received the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she served as Interim Director of Indigenous Nations Studies. She was a Senior Administrative Fellow in the Office of Provost from 2006-2007. Prior to KU, she served as Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center and Assistant Professor or Law at the University of North Dakota and as William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Dean Leeds has a strong record of public service and engagement. Current board appointments include Arvest Bank (Fayetteville), American Indian Graduate Center, Inc., the Law School Admission Council, and the Charles Thomas & Mary Alice Pearson Educational Foundation. In 2011, she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to serve a two-year term on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The Commission conducted a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of the federal government's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets.
Dean Leeds is frequently tapped to provide conflict resolution (including arbitration and mediation) in government, higher education and the private sector. She is nationally known as a leader for her successes is creating and implementing access and diversity initiatives.
Leeds is a recipient of the American Bar Association's Spirit of Excellence Award (2013), an elected member of the American Law Institute (2011), and a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow affiliated with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University (2008-2009). From 2015-2017, she was affiliated with Northeastern State University as the Sequoyah Fellow. She has been recognized with the Cherokee National Statesmanship Award (2014) honoring her service as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court (2002-2006), Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission (2013-2016) and her prominence as a role model in Indian country.
The author of over twenty articles, essays and book chapters, she published Mastering American Indian Law in 2013 with Dean Angelique Townsend EagleWoman of the Bora Laskin Law Faculty at Lakehead University in Canada. The second edition will be available for fall 2017. She teaches courses on Property and American Indian Law and frequently lectures on a wide range of topics including legal issues in Higher Education, Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
A former athlete and life-long sports enthusiasts, she was inducted into the Muskogee Athletic Hall of Fame in her hometown in Oklahoma (2015). A two sport college athlete, she received the W. Alfred Hayes Award for Oustanding Student-Athlete at Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. In the summer of 2016, she completed a 950-mile cycling journey as a Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal rider.