Stacy L. Leeds

Dean Emeritus & Professor of Law

Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development


Stacy L. Leeds is Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas. As Vice Chancellor, she provides leadership for campus-wide engagement, collaboration, and outreach to citizens, businesses, governmental and nonprofit entities in Arkansas and beyond. She works closely with UA's ten colleges, schools and divisions to amplify the university's economic and social impact. The University of Arkansas is the state's flagship and a land-grant research institution serving over 27,000 students.

From 2011-2018, Dean Leeds served as the twelfth dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is the only native woman to have served as a law school dean in the United States. She currently teaches American Indian law, including a legal clinic. 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 at Harvard University and a former Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University. 

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