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

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Slate
October 19, 2020
On a morning he should have been in middle school, 12-year-old Isaac Durham collapsed on the sidewalk after drinking a fifth of vodka stolen from a Circle K in Flagstaff, Arizona. After the paramedics pumped his stomach, he was charged with underaged consumption of alcohol and became a juvenile offender for the first time.
Navajo-Hopi Observer
September 8, 2020
In the early 1930s, Robert Carr, a mem-ber of the Creek Nation, was expelled for “incorrigible behavior” from Chilocco Indian Agricultural School near the Kansas-Oklahoma border.
Cronkite News
September 1, 2020
On a morning he should have been in middle school, 12-year-old Isaac Durham collapsed on the sidewalk after drinking a fifth of vodka stolen from a Circle K in Flagstaff, Arizona. After the paramedics pumped his stomach, he was charged with underaged consumption of alcohol and became a juvenile offender for the first time.
Indian Country Today
August 17, 2020
In the early 1930s, Robert Carr, a member of the Creek Nation, was expelled for “incorrigible behavior” from Chilocco Indian Agricultural School near the Kansas-Oklahoma border.

Articles Featuring Addie Rolnick

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
unlv president marta meana is wrapped in a blanket by audrey martinez and lynn valbuena
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.