Stacy L. Leeds currently serves as Dean and Professor of Law and Interim Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. She joined the University of Arkansas School of Law 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).
Leeds has a strong record of public service and engagement. Current board service includes Arvest Bank (Fayetteville), American Indian Graduate Center, Inc., the Law School Admission Council, Inc., Arkansas Children's Hospital (NW), and the Charles Thomas & Mary Alice Pearson Educational Foundation. From 2011-2013, 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.
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 received the Cherokee National Statesmanship Award (2014) to honor her service as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court (2002-2006), Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission (2013-2016) and other service to Indian country.
Frequently tapped to provide conflict resolution in government, higher education and the private sector, she is nationally recognized as a leader in creating and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The author of over twenty articles, essays and book chapters, she published Mastering American Indian Law in 2013 with Dean Angelique EagleWoman of the Bora Laskin Law Faculty at Lakehead University in Canada. The second edition will be available in late 2017. She teaches 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.