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.).
Her career in higher education began at the University of Wisconsin where she was a William H. Hastie Fellow. She served as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the University of North Dakota School of Law from 2000-2003. She was a member of the law faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law from 2003-2011 where she directed the Tribal Law and Government Center. She was the interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at KU from 2010-2011.
In November 2011, Dean Leeds was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The commission will conclude it forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of the United State's management of nearly $4 billion in Native American trust funds and assets in November 2013. Dean Leeds is also currently serving as Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission.
In 2013, Leeds was recognized with the American Bar Association's Spirit of Excellence Award for her work in promoting a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. She teaches, writes and consults in the areas American Indian law, property, economic development, higher education and governance. Her new book Mastering American Indian Law with Professor Angelique EagleWoman is now available.
Leeds is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She divides her time between downtown Fayetteville and the Illinois River near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.