Former University of North Dakota Law School Assistant Professor and Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center, Stacy Leeds was presented with the American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Award at the ABA Midyear in Dallas. Leeds is now Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law.
The award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Leeds is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She divides her time between downtown Fayetteville and the Illinois River near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Beryl Levine was presented the award several years ago.
Judge Joel Medd of Grand Forks, National Conference of State Trial Judges Delegate from North Dakota, was on hand to congratulate Leeds.
Judge Medd also served as a mentor with the Judicial Clerkship Program at the midyear ABA meeting in Dallas. The program is designed to encourage minority students to consider judicial clerkships to promote more diversity in the judiciary.