Program Faculty & Staff

Faculty

  • Addie Rolnick

    Professor Addie Rolnick, Faculty Co-Director & San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Professor of Law

    Addie C. Rolnick is a scholar of Indian and tribal law. Her research focuses on indigenous justice systems, Native people’s encounters with non-tribal systems, and countering equal protection-based attacks on indigenous rights. She is a national leader in the area of Native youth and juvenile justice/child welfare. She has testified twice before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and regularly advises national policymakers. At UNLV, she teaches Tribal Law & Governance and oversees students who assist tribal governments with legal institution-building. She also teaches Federal Indian Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice, Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Law & Inequality: Policing, Protest & Reform.

    Professor Rolnick is the Associate Director of UNLV’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. In 2021, she served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, where she taught American Indian Law. Prior to joining UNLV, she was the inaugural Critical Race Studies Law Fellow at UCLA School of Law. She has also represented tribal governments as an attorney and lobbyist with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP in Washington, D.C., and worked as a legislative drafting consultant to tribal governments. She received her J.D.and M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA. Visit Prof. Rolnick's faculty page for more about her scholarship and teaching.

  • Ngai Pindell

    Professor Ngai Pindell, Faculty Co-Director & Professor of Law

    Professor Ngai Pindell teaches and writes in the areas of property law, wills and trusts, affordable housing, community development, and local government law. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean of the law school.  From 2016 to 2018 he served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.  From 2018-2019 he served as Vice Provost and Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President and Provost.  He earned his J.D. degree in 1996 from Harvard University.  After graduation, Professor Pindell practiced community development law in a nonprofit law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He was later a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he taught the Community Development Clinic before coming to the Boyd School of Law in 2000. Professor Pindell also has an interest in gaming and how gaming resorts affect the cities and communities they are situated in.  As Director of Gaming Programs at Boyd, he helped develop the law school's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Gaming Law and Regulation. He holds the International Gaming Institute Professorship and works closely with the International Gaming Institute and the International Center for Gaming Regulation on campus and community projects.

  • Anthony Cabot

    Professor Anthony Cabot, Distinguished Fellow in Gaming Law

    Visit Prof. Cabot's faculty page for more about his scholarship and teaching.

  • Addie Rolnick

    Visiting Professor Kathryn Rand

    Kathryn Rand is the Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota (UND). She served as Dean of the UND School of Law from 2009 to 2018, the first woman to hold the position. Rand is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations. She is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV. 

    Professor Rand will teach Indian Gaming Law, and co-teach Guided Research and Writing in Indian Gaming.

  • Addie Rolnick

    Visiting Professor Steve Light

    Steve Light is Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, where he teaches American government, executive leadership strategy, public human resource management, American Indian politics and public affairs, and the senior capstone. Steve co-directs the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, and is widely regarded as a leading expert on tribal gaming enterprises and economic development. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV. 

    Professor Light will teach Contemporary Issues in Tribal Governance, and co-teach Guided Research and Writing in Indian Gaming.

Staff

  • Luke Warnsholz

    Luke Warnsholz, Program Coordinator

    Luke Warnsholz is an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation located in northern Minnesota. He earned his B.S. in Business Management from Rasmussen University and continued to earn his Master of Business Administration from Bemidji State University. Prior to coming to UNLV, He has held positions in tribal organizations involving casinos, colleges, and various departments on the White Earth Reservation.