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.) and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee (M.B.A).
From 2003-2011, she served in many capacities as a faculty member at the University of Kansas. Within the KU School of Law, she was Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center and Professor of Law. She also served as a Senior Administrative Fellow with the Office of Provost and as Interim Chair of the Indigenous Nations Studies program in the College of Liberal and Arts and Sciences. In 2005, she received the annual teacher of the year recognition, the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence.
From 2000-2003, she served 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 (2013).
Dean Leeds has a strong record of public service. From 2011-2013, she served on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform spearheading a comprehensive evaluation of the Department of Interior's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets. She is currently serving a three-year term as Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission.
In addition serving as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court from 2002-2006, Leeds has served as a judge for seven other tribes throughout the United States and is frequently tapped to assist with conflict resolution in the government and higher education sectors.
At Arkansas Law, she teaches Property and American Indian Law.
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.