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Feb. 14, 2006
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

KU tribal law director receives national Clyde Ferguson Award for teaching, service

LAWRENCE — Stacy L. Leeds, University of Kansas associate professor of law and director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center, has received the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools during the annual AALS meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.

She is the 14th recipient of the award that is granted to an outstanding law teacher who has achieved excellence in public service, teaching and scholarship. Clyde Ferguson recipients are recognized for their support and mentoring to colleagues, students and aspiring law teachers.

In 2002, Leeds became the first woman confirmed to the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation. She has also served as a judge for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kaw Nation, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

In addition to her work at KU, Leeds is an adjunct faculty member for Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.

Beyond her public service work with KU’s tribal law center, Leeds routinely speaks at national conferences on legal issues affecting American Indian people and tribal governments and assists KU in the recruitment of Native American students.

Before joining KU’s law faculty in 2003, Leeds directed the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she also taught. She began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she received her master of laws degree as a William H. Hastie Fellow. Leeds earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the University of Tulsa.

Leeds is a contributing author to Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and author of numerous law review articles, essays and book chapters.

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