Addie C. Rolnick

Addie C. Rolnick

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Professor of Law

Faculty Director, Indian Nations Gaming & Governance Program

Associate Director, Program on Race, Gender & Policing

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Areas of expertise:

Critical Race Theory, Juvenile Law, Indian Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Tribal Law


Addie C. Rolnick is the San Manuel Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. She is the Faculty Director of the Indian Nations Gaming & Governance Program and the Associate Director of the Program on Race, Gender & Policing. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. Prior to joining UNLV in 2011, she was the inaugural Critical Race Studies Law Fellow at UCLA School of Law. Before that, she represented tribal governments as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. (2004) and M.A. (2007) in American Indian Studies from UCLA and her B.A. (1999) from Oberlin College.

Professor Rolnick specializes in indigenous rights, juvenile and criminal law, and racial justice. She has written about Native people’s encounters with tribal, federal, and state justice systems, equal protection-based attacks on indigenous rights, formal and informal policing, and indigenous justice systems. Her article The Promise of Mancari: Indian Political Rights as Racial Remedy, 86 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 958 (2011), received an honorable mention for the Law and Society Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize recognizing the best article on race and law. She teaches Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice, Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Law & Inequality: Policing, Protest & Reform.

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