Addie Rolnick

Associate Professor of Law
Expertise: Self-Defense Law, Race and Criminal Law, Law in Indian country, Juvenile Justice, American Indian tribal 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.

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

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 23, 2019
A group of Native American students at UNLV wants the university to remove the statue of its Western frontiersman mascot from campus and make other changes they say will create a more welcoming atmosphere for indigenous students and staff.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2019
The federal government is giving some Native American tribes access to the FBI’s database of sexual offenders in hopes of combating the prevalence of sexual violence on tribal lands.
August 3, 2015
State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.
Las Vegas Sun
March 15, 2015
The law values human life by punishing people who take it. Against this landscape, self-defense — or the law of justifiable homicide — carves out a narrow exception.

Articles Featuring Addie Rolnick

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.