Addie Rolnick

Professor of Law
Co-facilitator, Program on Race, Gender & Policing
Expertise: Self-Defense Law, Race and Criminal Law, Law in Indian country, Juvenile Justice, American Indian Tribal Law, Indian Law, Indigenous Rights, Criminal Law


Addie Rolnick joined UNLV from UCLA School of Law, where she was the inaugural Critical Race Studies Fellow. Her scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, critical race theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.

Rolnick's research has investigated the relationships between sovereign power and minority rights, including: the role of race and gender in the administration of criminal and juvenile justice; equal protection-based attacks on indigenous rights; the relationship between private and state violence; and the role of tribal justice systems. She is a nationally recognized expert on Native youth and juvenile justice.

Prior to joining the academy, she represented tribal governments as an attorney with a top Native rights firm in Washington, D.C., where she was a leading advocate on law enforcement and juvenile justice issues. She has also assisted tribes with institution building in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, constitution drafting, and justice system development.


  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • M.A., American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., High Honors, Oberlin College

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Addie Rolnick In The News

The Nevada Independent
July 2, 2020
George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer in late May brought a rush of Black Lives Matter protests this month across the state and nation, leading to tense confrontations between law enforcement officers and protesters.
Las Vegas Review Journal
June 24, 2020
Nevada’s 27 tribal nations say they were left behind for two crucial months as the coronavirus crept into every corner of the state.
Las Vegas Review Journal
June 13, 2020
We are saddened and frightened by the shootings in Las Vegas during recent protests. A Metro police officer was shot, and, in a separate incident, police killed another person believed to be an armed protester. We hope for the survival of the officer and grieve the loss of the civilian’s life. These shootings are not representative of the community-wide protests and vigils, but they arise in a city that has long been simmering with tension between police and local residents.
Las Vegas Sun
March 16, 2020
This spring, the Nevada Supreme Court will begin considering whether to ban the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness.

Articles Featuring Addie Rolnick

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Business and CommunityFebruary 24, 2020
Thanks to a $9 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, UNLV’s College of Hospitality and Boyd School of Law will develop multiple education initiatives related to tribal gaming and hospitality.
protester holding sign that reads, "Black Lives Matter"
PeopleSeptember 7, 2016
Law professor Addie Rolnick and African American studies professor Brandon Manning on issues of race, self-defense, and Black Lives Matter.
Addie Rolnick
Campus NewsApril 13, 2015
As more and more states expand "Stand Your Ground" laws, professor Addie Rolnick explores why deaths such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown's are always about race.