Stacy L. Leeds

Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership | Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (Phoenix, AZ)

Stacy L. Leeds is Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She serves as part of the distinguished faculty of ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program. Before coming to ASU, Professor Leads was a Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas. She teaches American Indian Law and Property. She has authored over 30 essays, articles and book chapters. The second edition of her book Mastering American Indian Law (with Angelique EagleWoman) was published in 2019. In Fall 2019, she served as the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Distinguished Professor of Law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

From 2011-2018, Dean Leeds served as the twelfth dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She was the first native woman to serve as a law school dean in the United States. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Leeds was a professor and administrator at the University of Kansas and the University of North Dakota. She began her academic career as a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. She is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow affiliated with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute (now Hutchins Center) at Harvard University and a former Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University.