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Marc-Tizoc González
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., San Francisco State University
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Phone: (305) 474-2441
Office: Faculty Suite, Room 209-R

Affiliated with Latina & Latino Critical Legal (LatCrit) theory, Professor González researches and theorizes how constitutional jurisprudence and property law affect people who are hungry, impoverished, or otherwise socially marginalized, as well as how lawyers, especially those with racialized ethnic identities, have practiced law to promote social justice. His scholarship has been published in 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, Seattle Journal of Social Justice, University of California Irvine Law Review,and University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. He is a co-author of the American Bar Association report, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps, and a contributor to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements.

Professor González previously taught Property at the Golden Gate University School of Law, and law-related undergraduate courses for the San Francisco State University Department of Raza Studies and the 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.

As an attorney, Professor González was active in the local bar, serving as an officer or director of 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. As a staff attorney at the Alameda County Homeless Action Center, he represented individuals seeking federal disability and state welfare benefits and to dismiss infraction citations associated with being mentally disabled and/or homeless. He also engaged local policy advocacy to protect poor people's access to county welfare benefits and to establish the City of Oakland municipal identification card program. He previously worked at Sundeen, Salinas & Pyle; the East Bay Community Law Center; and Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley, PLC, supporting litigation about inter alia asbestos, affordable housing, employment discrimination and trust administration.

Professor González is an officer of the board of directors of LatCrit, Inc. (the organization of Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory) and serves on the alumni advisory board of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, (where he previously served as an editor-in-chief). He is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers, National Lawyers Guild, Law and Society Association, and Association of Law, Property and Society, and has delivered continuing legal education workshops on affirmative action in higher education, and the elimination of bias in the legal profession.

Some of his scholarship is available online via the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=853428


Book Chapters:


  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, La Gran Lucha: Latina and Latino Lawyers, Breaking the Law on Principle, and Confronting the Risks of Representation, 13 Hastings Race & Poverty L. Rev. 61 (2016).
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Afterword - Habeas Data: Comparative Constitutional Interventions from Latin America against Neoliberal States of Insecurity and Surveillance, 90 Chicago Kent L. Rev. 641 (2015) (invited symposium Afterword) Avaliable at: kentlaw
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Hunger, Poverty, and the Criminalization of Food Sharing in the New Gilded Age, 23 Am. U. J. Gender & Soc. Pol'y & L. 231 (2015) (lead article) Avaliable at: digitalcommons
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Critical Ethnic Legal Histories: Unearthing the Interracial Justice of Filipino Agricultural Labor Organizing, 3 U. C. Irvine L. Rev. 991 (2015). Avaliable at: Irvine School of Law
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, LatCrit XV Symposium Foreword: Fifteen Years of Reconstructing the World, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 243 (2011). HeinOnline
  • Christopher J. Curran & Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Food Justice as Interracial Justice, 43(1) U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 207 (2011). University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
  • González, Marc-Tizoc; Reyes, Yanira; Torres, Belkys; Venator-Santiago, Charles R., The latcrit task force recommendations: Findings and recommendations of a self-study of the latcrit board, 2009, 18 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 853 (2010). HeinOnline
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Latina/o (Public/legal) Intellectuals Social Crises and Contemporary Social Movements, 18 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 787 (2010). SSRN
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Cluster Introduction: Education and Pedagogy: Counter-Disciplinarity in the Critical Education Tradition in LatCrit Theory, 8 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 107 (2009). HeinOnline
  • Gonzalez, Marc-Tizoc; Reyes-Gil, Yanira; Torres, Belkys, Afterword: Change and Continuity: An Introduction to LatCrit Taskforce Recommendations, 8 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 303 (2009). HeinOnline
  • Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Cluster II: Tracing the Critical Education Tradition in LatCrit Theory, Praxis & Community, 4 FIU L. Rev. 85 (2008). HeinOnline
  • Rachel Anderson, Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez and Stephen Lee, Toward a New Student Insurgency: A Critical Epistolary, 94 Cal. L. Rev. 1879 (2006). HeinOnline

Additional Publications:

Courses Taught

Hispanics, Civil Rights and the Law

Property I

Property II

Poverty Law and Economic Justice Seminar

Wills and Trusts

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."