School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5601
Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., M.B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Phone: (479) 575-4504
Stacy Leeds became dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law on July 1, 2011. In her previous role at the Kansas School of Law she served as a professor, 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.
She has focused her teaching and extensive research on property, natural resources, and American Indian law.
Among her many honors, 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. In addition, she has served as a judge for many tribes including the Cherokee Nation, where she was the first woman and youngest person to ever serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
Leeds was recently appointed to a three-person panel to arbitrate a dispute between the Seneca Indian Nation and New York state over $460 million in gambling profits. In addition, she is one of five commissioners of the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform, established by Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets over two years and to offer recommendations on improvements in the future.
Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school.