Stacy Leeds

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Stacy L. Leeds (b. 1971) is a Law professor, scholar, and former Supreme Court Justice for the Cherokee Nation. She is currently the Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. [1]She was a candidate for Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 2007.[2]


Stacy Leeds earned her MBA from the University of Tennessee Executive MBA program, her Master of Laws degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Juris Doctor degree from University of Tulsa. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.[3]

Academic and judicial career[edit]

She formerly served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Kansas and the director of Tribal Law and Government Center at KU. Previously Leeds taught law at the University of North Dakota and served as director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center.[3]

Leeds currently serves as the chief judge of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation's District Court, the associate judge of the Kaw Nation's Supreme Court, and the chief justice of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma's Supreme Court.[3]

Leeds serves on the board of the National American Indian Court Judge's Association and on the National Judicial College's tribal advisory board.[3]

She was the youngest person to ever serve as a Cherokee Nation Supreme Court judge, as well as the only woman.[4]

In the past, she has served as a special judge for the Muscogee Creek Nation's District Court and associate judge of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians's Court of Appeals.[4]

In 2011, Leeds accepted the position of Dean at the University of Arkansas, School of Law In Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Leeds received the Fletcher Fellowship in 2008, when she was also named a nonresident fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. While teaching at the University of Wisconsin, she was the William H. Hastie Fellow.[3]

In 2006 Leeds received the AALS Clyde Ferguson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Service, and Scholarship. At KU she received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence, and she has been named Alumni of the Year from the National Native American Law Students Association.[3]


She grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and currently lives with her son near Tahlequah. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Published works[edit]

  • Leeds, Stacy L. American Indian Property. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59460-262-7
  • Leeds, Stacy L., Darrell Dowty, Darell Matlock, and the Cherokee Nation. In the Judicial Appeals Tribunal of the Cherokee Nation: Lucy Allen, petitioner, v. Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, Lela Ummerteskee, registrar, and registration committee, respondents. Tahlequah, OK: Cherokee Nation, 2006.
  • Leeds, Stacy L. Cross Jurisdictional Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2009.[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ / Law professor makes case for Cherokee Nation post
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stacy L. Leeds. KU School of Law. (retrieved 15 August 2009)
  4. ^ a b Justice Stacy L. Leeds. Cherokee National Judicial Branch. (retrieved 15 August 2009)
  5. ^ Stacy Leeds. Google Books. (retrieved 15 August 2009)

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