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

Las Vegas Review Journal
Native American enrollment is down at Nevada colleges, a trend students and professors say reflects an unwelcoming community that’s not committed to recruiting more familiar faces on campus.
The Nevada Independent
There was a time in Mia Albright’s life that she cringed when her grandmother spoke Spanish in the grocery store. Instead of cultural pride, she felt shame.
The Nevada Independent
In two weeks, students will return to classes at UNLV.
Las Vegas Sun
For more than 60 years, Gardnerville and nearby Minden were “sundown towns” — communities where nonwhite people were excluded from living that are most commonly associated with the South and Midwest as tools to keep Black people out of all-white enclaves. The county’s ordinance stayed on the books until it was repealed in 1974.

Articles Featuring Addie Rolnick

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

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Business and Community | February 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.