Annual LEO Banquet

The Law School is committed to enrolling the strongest and most diverse class possible -- diverse in every way, with respect to life and work experiences, interests, skills, and backgrounds. And as you may know, we are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse law schools in the country. Each year our current students, faculty and alums from across the country gather for the Legal Educational Opportunities (LEO) Banquet as we celebrate our successes and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining one of the most interesting and dynamic learning environments in the country. This year's LEO Banquet will be hosted by the Indigenous Law Students Association and will be celebrating LEO's 47th anniversary.  

The LEO Program was established in 1967 to address issues of diversity within the student body. The support of the LEO Community as a whole has been instrumental in our continued ability to enroll diverse incoming classes. A testament to the efforts of current students, alums, faculty and staff is the fact that we maintain an average of over 20% students of color in the student body year after year. 

2016 Annual Legal Education Opportunities Banquet

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Reception at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.

Hosted by the Indigenous Law Students Association

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Stacy Leeds

Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715

For more information, please contact 
Kimberly Raether at


Stacy Leeds has served as dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 2011.

She came to Arkansas from the University of Kansas, where she served as interim associate dean, professor of law, and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. While at KU, she received the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to that, she taught at the University of North Dakota, where she served as the director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. She began her career in higher education at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Among Leeds’ many honors is the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award for 2013. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and a former Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow with a 2008-09 affiliation to the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Leeds has a strong record of public service. From 2011-2013, she served on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The commission conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets and published recommendations for systematic reform. She is currently serving a three-year term as chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. In addition to being a former justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, Leeds has served as judge for seven indigenous nations and was the inaugural recipient of the National American Indian Court Judges Association’s Annual Outstanding Service Award. She is frequently tapped to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve conflicts in government and higher education sectors. At Arkansas, she teaches property and American Indian law and contributes to projects of the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative.

As a scholar, she has published more than 20 articles, essays and book chapters, including the new book, Mastering American Indian Law, with Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman.

She received her master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin, her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa, her master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee, and her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is currently the only American Indian law school dean.

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