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Stacy L. Leeds

Stacy L. Leeds

Dean and Professor of Law

Economic Development Interim Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor for Economic Development

(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development

Phone: 479-387-3873

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Stacy L. Leeds serves as the University of Arkansas’ interim vice chancellor for economic development as well as dean and professor in the School of Law. She has received many honors for her teaching, scholarship and administrative vision throughout her academic career. Her strong record of public service includes currently sitting on the board of directors for the Law School Admissions Council, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Arvest Bank in Fayetteville and the American Indian Graduate Center. Previous appointments have included service as a justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, as a member and officer on national commissions and as a member on boards for corporations and academic institutions. Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the only American Indian woman to have served as law school dean in the United States.

A full publications listing is available at https://works.bepress.com/stacy_leeds.

University of Wisconsin Law School
Master of Laws

University of Tulsa College of Law
Juris Doctor

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business
Master of Business Administration

Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Arts

Leeds has published more than 20 articles, essays and book chapters including the book Mastering American Indian Law, with Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman.

A full publications listing is available at https://works.bepress.com/stacy_leeds.

Leeds came to Arkansas from the University of Kansas where she served as Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. While at KU, she received the annual teacher of the year recognition, the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to that, she taught at the University of North Dakota where she served as the Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. She began her career in higher education at the University of Wisconsin where she was a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Leeds has a strong record of public service. From 2011-2013, she served on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The Commission conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets and published recommendations for systematic reform. She is served a three-year term as Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. In addition to being a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, Leeds has served as judge for seven Indigenous nations and was the inaugural recipient of the National American Indian Court Judges Association’s Annual Outstanding Service Award. She is frequently tapped to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve conflicts in government and higher education sectors.

The American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, 2013

Elected member of the American Law Institute

University of Kansas Teacher of the Year

University of Kansas Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence

Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow with a 2008-2009 affiliation to the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University

University of Wisconsin William H. Hastie Fellow