Dean Stacy L. Leeds
Dean Stacy L. Leeds has served as dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law since July 1, 2011. She has focused her teaching and extensive research on property, natural resources, and American Indian law. While at the University of Kansas School of Law she served as interim associate dean for academic affairs and as director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. Prior to joining Kansas, she was a professor and director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She began her career of teaching law at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she served as a William H. Hastie Fellow. She received her master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin, her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa, her master of business administration from the University of Tennessee and her bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, she is the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school. In addition, she has served as a judge for many tribes including the Cherokee Nation, where she was the only woman and youngest person to ever serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
Among her many honors, Dean Leeds was awarded the prestigious Fletcher Fellowship to support her work on tribal sovereignty and citizenship issues. As a Fletcher Fellow, she was named a nonresident fellow of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University during the 2008-09 academic year.
Suzanne Clark is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. After practicing for several years with the largest national law firm in Arkansas, Clark opened the Clark Law Firm, PLLC, a general litigation firm. She is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Arkansas, and was admitted in February 2012 to the United States Supreme Court. Clark has twice been elected to the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association. She is the 2012-2013 Chair of the Bar Association’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee, and she also serves on the Long Range Planning Committee and the Professional Ethics Committee. Clark teaches a litigation skills course as an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Arkansas School of Law.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Clark was a chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry, where she served in senior management roles over both domestic and international organizations.
Clark resides in Fayetteville with her husband Steve. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Eric Leach began his career in music, performing as a professional musician and working in technical support at electronic music companies such as Roland, Alesis, and Samick. In 2000, Leach graduated magna cum laude from Whittier Law School in the top 5% of his class, serving as Executive Editor for law review for two years after receiving the Law Review Outstanding Candidate Award. He also participated in the Moot Court Honors Board, was a founding member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, and received American Jurisprudence/CALI Awards for the highest grade in five classes.
Upon graduation, Professor Leach practiced primarily as a business law litigator, with an emphasis on intellectual property, but also practiced transactional work, including trademark prosecution and licensing agreements. He went on to teach at Whittier Law School, and then, the University of Illinois College of Law. Leach also tutored at-risk students and supervised numerous independent studies projects at both of the aforementioned institutions. During the summer of 2009, Leach taught a short-semester course in International Intellectual Property at the University of Toulouse in Toulouse, France. At Ave Maria School of Law, Professor Leach taught Research, Writing and Advocacy I and II.
Professor Leach’s publications include “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Digital Performance Rights But Were Afraid To Ask,” Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA (2000), receiving the Copyright Society of the USA Article of the Year Award; “Safe Sound: Protecting Digital Sample-Based Products Through Copyright,” Whittier Law Review (1998); and various legal articles published in trade journals, including, among others: “Do the Right Thing,” Electronic Musician (April 2001); “Follow the Money,” Electronic Musician (November 2001) (co-written with Bill Henslee); and “Going Legit,” Electronic Musician (February 2002).