Affiliated with Latina and Latino Critical Legal (LatCrit) theory, and chair emeritus of the executive committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Poverty Law, Professor González researches and theorizes how constitutional jurisprudence, civil rights statutes, and property law affect people who are hungry, impoverished, or otherwise socially marginalized, as well as how lawyers, especially those with racialized ethnic identities, work to promote social justice and to protect the rule of law over authority.
One of Professor González’s major research projects examines “the food-sharing cases,” a set of constitutional and statutory challenges to municipal laws that criminalize, or otherwise regulate, religious and political activists who publicly share food with homeless, impoverished, or otherwise hungry people in city-owned parks, sidewalks, and/or streets. He has also written extensively on “critical ethnic legal histories,” oft-forgotten pasts wherein racialized ethnic minority groups cultivated interracial solidarity in labor movements and civil rights litigation to advance an emancipatory vision of social justice, and he in about to launch a new research project to educate Anglophone legal scholars and others who are concerned by mass electronic surveillance but relatively ignorant of the post-dictatorship Latin American jurisprudence of habeas data.
Numerous law reviews have published Professor González’s scholarship, including, inter alia, the: American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and Law; California Law Review; Chicago-Kent Law Review; Florida International University Law Review; Harvard Latino Law Review; Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal; Seattle Journal of Social Justice; University of California Irvine Law Review; and University of Miami Inter-American Law Review.
Professor González is a co-author of the American Bar Association report, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps, (2010) (with Margaret Montoya and Tucker B. Culbertson); a contributor to several books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements (2015) and Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas (2017); and an editor of JOTWELL Lex Poverty Law. He has authored or co-authored amicus curiae briefs for the United States Courts of Appeal and joined in numerous other amicus briefs, and he occasionally delivers continuing legal education workshops on affirmative action and social diversity in higher education as well as the elimination of bias in the legal profession.
Prior to joining St. Thomas Law, Professor González worked as an attorney based in Oakland, California and taught at several local universities, including the Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco State University Department of Latina/Latino Studies and University of California, Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies, where he was named a Chancellor's Public Scholar, 2010-11, for his curricular innovation and scholarship about the history of San Francisco Bay Area legal advocacy organizations.
From 2006-10, Professor González worked as a staff attorney at the Alameda County Homeless Action Center, where he represented individuals seeking to obtain federal disability or state welfare benefits and/or to dismiss infraction citations associated with being homeless and mentally disabled. He also advocated for local policies to protect poor people's access to year-round county welfare benefits and to establish the City of Oakland municipal identification card program. During that time, he was active in local bar associations, serving as an officer or director for the Berkeley Law Foundation, Centro Legal de la Raza, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, National Lawyers Guild (nationally and for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter), and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association. He previously worked or interned at Sundeen, Salinas and Pyle; the East Bay Community Law Center; and Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood and Harley, PLC, supporting plaintiffs’ litigation about, inter alia, asbestos poisoning, affordable housing, employment discrimination, trust administration, and workers’ compensation.
In addition to serving the executive committee of the AALS Section on Poverty Law and as secretary on the board of directors of LatCrit, Inc., Professor González serves on the alumni advisory board of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, (where he previously served as an editor-in-chief) and affiliates with the Society of American Law Teachers, Law and Society Association, and Association of Law, Property and Society.
His scholarship is available online under the scholarship tab of this page or via the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=853428
On October 23, 2015, Professor Marc Tizoc-González presented "Cultivating Solidarity: Understanding the Radical Potential of Sharing Food in Public" on a plenary panel at the ClassCrits (Critical Approaches to Economic Inequality) VIII Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.
On October 3, 2015, Professor González moderated a plenary panel on Arce v. Douglas, 2015 WL 4080837 (9th Cir. 2015)—the Arizona Ethnic Studies case—at the LatCrit (Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory) 2015 Twentieth Anniversary Conference in Anaheim, California.
Earlier that day, he presented, on a concurrent panel at LatCrit 2015, on his recent article, Habeas Data: Comparative Constitutional Interventions from Latin America against Neoliberal States of Insecurity and Surveillance. The prior day, Professor González participated in a roundtable on the forthcoming Critical Justice (Steven Bender & Francisco Valdes) course book to which he is contributing, which West Academic will publish in 2017.
On September 24, 2015, Professor González delivered the 1L Convocation address for the Syracuse University College of Law. His remarks, entitled, "Critical Justice: Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century," were based on his ongoing research regarding "critical ethnic legal histories."