Addie C. Rolnick

Addie C. Rolnick

Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

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


Addie Rolnick joined UNLV from UCLA School of Law, where she was the inaugural Critical Race Studies Fellow. She specializes in criminal law and procedure, Indian law, and critical race theory. Her scholarship investigates the relationships between sovereign power and minority rights, with a focus on indigenous peoples and equal protection doctrine; tribal court jurisdiction; and the role of race and gender in the administration of criminal, juvenile, and tribal 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.

Prior to joining the academy, she represented Indian tribal governments as an attorney and lobbyist with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP in Washington, D.C., where she was a leading advocate on criminal and juvenile justice issues. She has also assisted tribes with legal institution building in the areas of constitutional reform, criminal law and jurisdiction, juvenile justice, and child welfare. She teaches Federal Indian Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Critical Race Theory, and a practicum in Tribal Law. She received her J.D. and M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA and her B.A. from Oberlin College.


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