Stacy Leeds became a Justice in August 2002, the first woman to sit on the Court. She received law degrees from the University of Wisconsin (LL.M.) and the University of Tulsa (J.D.), and an undergraduate degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to her judicial duties, she currently serves as a law professor at the University of Kansas where she directs the Tribal Law and Government Center. She has taught at several colleges and universities and has served as a judge in the following capacities: Chief Justice, Supreme Court for the Kickapoo Tribe; Special Judge, Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court; Associate Judge, Court of Appeals for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
Justice Leeds has also written several scholarly articles and contributed to several books, including the upcoming edition of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (Newton 3rd ed).