Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stacy Leeds Appointed Dean of the UA School of Law

We are pleased to welcome Stacy Leeds as the new Dean of the School of Law. Professor Leeds currently serves as interim Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law & Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Dean Leeds is pictured here addressing the crowd at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 10th Anniversary Women and the Law Conference in San Diego last February.  The 2011 conference focused on the theme of “Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law.  Dean Leeds was featured as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer and delivered a presentation entitled “Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation: Reflections on Native American Women and the Law.”

“We are honored to welcome Dean Leeds to the University of Arkansas,” said G. David Gearhart, university chancellor. “As a nationally recognized scholar, judge and administrator, she is the ideal person to guide our law school to unprecedented heights.”  Dean Leeds will begin her service at the University of Arkansas July 1, 2011.

Dean Leeds has focused her teaching and extensive research on property, natural resources and American Indian law. Prior to joining the University of Kansas School of Law faculty, 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.

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. 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.

Dean Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, becomes the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school.

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