- Professor of Law
- B.A., University of California, Davis
- M.A., San Francisco State University
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Professor Marc-Tizoc González joined the UNM School of Law faculty in July 2019. A grandchild of people who immigrated to the United States during the Mexican Revolution, Professor González teaches Property I and II, Wills and Trusts, Introduction to Intellectual Property, and a new seminar, Latinas, Latinos, and the Law.
Professor González has served on the board of directors of LatCrit, Inc.—the organization of Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory—since 2006. He serves as co-chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups, secretary of the AALS Section on Civil Rights, and on the executive committee of the AALS Section on Poverty Law. He also serves on the alumni advisory board of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, where he previously served as an editor-in-chief, and he affiliates with the Academy of Food Law & Policy; Association of Law, Property and Society; Law and Society Association; and Society of American Law Teachers.
Professor González has authored or co-authored persuasive amicus curiae briefs for the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and endorsed numerous other amicus briefs. He occasionally submits expert declarations for federal or state court matters challenging discrimination against Latinos, and he has taught continuing legal education workshops on affirmative action and social diversity in higher education as well as the elimination of bias in the legal profession.
Through his scholarship, Professor González critiques and theorizes how constitutional jurisprudence, civil rights statutes, and property law affect people who are hungry, impoverished, or otherwise socially marginalized and argues for judicial interpretations and legislative enactments that will protect people’s efforts to cultivate interracial justice. He also researches and represents how lawyers, especially those with racialized ethnic identities, can promote sociolegal justice and protect the rule of law over authority.
One of Professor González’s major research areas examines “food justice as interracial justice” and “the food-sharing cases,” 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 also writes “critical ethnic legal histories,” oft-forgotten pasts wherein racialized ethnic minority groups cultivate interracial solidarity in labor movements and civil rights litigation to advance an emancipatory vision of social justice. A third branch of his research seeks 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 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; Intercultural Human Rights Law Review; 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 Richard Delgado et al., Latinos and the Law: Cases and Materials (2008, 2d ed. forthcoming 2021) and the American Bar Association report, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps, (2010) (with Tucker B. Culbertson and UNM Law Professor Emerita Margaret Montoya). He has contributed to several other 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).
Most of his scholarship is available via the Scholarship tab of this webpage and the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=853428.
From 2011 to 2019, Professor González taught at the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. From 2008 to 2011, he taught part-time at 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 those years, Professor González 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, and National Lawyers Guild (nationally and for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter). Before obtaining his license to practice law, he worked or interned at the East Bay Community Law Center; Sundeen, Salinas and Pyle; and Kazan Law, supporting plaintiffs’ litigation regarding, inter alia, asbestos poisoning, affordable housing, employment discrimination, trust administration, and workers’ compensation.
Introduction to Intellectual Property
This course surveys the components of Intellectual Property Law, including the Law of Ideas, Copyrights, the Right of Publicity, Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Trade Secrets, Patent Law. The marketing of Intellectual Property related goods represents one of the most dynamic sectors of the U.S. and world economy. U.S. exports of all intellectual property products are second only to those of aircraft.
Latinas, Latinos, and the Law
Hispanic” and “Latino” name a U.S. Census category of ethnicity. In 2019, people included in this category numbered over 60 million, or 18.3%, of the U.S. population; constituted 49.1% of New Mexico’s population; and are projected to increase for at least the next four decades. How have colonization, history, law, patriarchy, political economy, racism, and slavery shaped the social conditions of diverse Hispanic / Latino peoples? How do they relate with peoples racialized across the color line, including, inter alia, those with heritages from Africa, Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe and the indigenous nations of the “New World?” How can lawyers use this critical knowledge to help chart the future of New Mexico and the United States? Through this writing seminar, students will learn how U.S. law mediated the territorial incorporation, and contradictory inclusion and exclusion, of diverse Hispanic / Latino peoples. Students will review and learn about constitutional jurisprudence; civil rights, criminal, immigration, and labor law; patterns of migration; and myriad social struggles in order to research and write an original paper on a subject of their choosing—relevant to the course themes—in order to expand their understanding of U.S. law and society.
This first year course is an introduction to the basic concepts of property law, focusing on the role of possession in allocating the various rights and responsibilities connected with personal and real property. The course covers acquisition of initial property rights, adverse possession, donative transfers, the evolution and nomenclature of interests in estates in land and future interests, concurrent property rights, and may also include marital property rights or takings.
Primarily focuses on private land-use arrangements (especially non-possessory interests in land such as easements, real covenants, and equitable servitudes). Other topics include landlord/tenant law, problems arising in the contract for sale of land, methods of title assurance (including the operation of the recording acts), and nuisance. Focus is on general theory and practice, with side-glances at New Mexico law for illustrative purposes.
Wills and Trusts
This course surveys the law of wills and trusts. Topics covered include intestate succession, will execution, will revocation, will contests, will substitutes, planning for incapacity, trusts, and problems arising during trust administration. Students will be expected to draft a basic will.
La gran lucha: Michael A. Olivas, Breaking the Law on Principle and Confronting the Risks of Representation,
Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas (Ediberto Roman ed. 2017).
Available at: CAP Press
Antonia Hernandez and Three Strikes Law, Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Politics, Law and Social Movements (2015).
Available at: Oxford Reference
John Makdisi on the Intercultural Origins of the Common Law, 14 INTERCULTRAL HUM. L. REV. (2019).
Available at: SSRN
Crimnalizing Charity: Can First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion, RFRA, and RLUIPA Protect People who Share Food in Public?, 7 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. 291 (2017).
Available at: Irvine Law Review
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).
Available at: Race & Poverty Law Review
Afterword - Habeas Data: Comparative Constitutional Interventions from Latin America against Neoliberal States of Insecurity and Surveillance, 90 CHICAGO KENT L. REV. 641 (2015).
Avaliable at: Kent Law Review
Hunger, Poverty, and the Criminalization of Food Sharing in the New Gilded Age, 23 AM. U. J. GENDER & SOC. POL'Y & L. 231 (2015).
Avaliable at: Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
Critical Ethnic Legal Histories: Unearthing the Interracial Justice of Filipino Agricultural Labor Organizing, 3 U. C. IRVINE L. REV. 991 (2015).
Avaliable at: Irvine Law Review
LatCrit XV Symposium Foreword: Fifteen Years of Reconstructing the World, 14 HARV. LATINX L. REV. 243 (2011) (co-authored with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández).
Food Justice as Interracial Justice, 43 U. MIAMI INTER-AM. L. REV. 207 (2011) (co-authored with Christopher J. Curran).
Available at Inter-American Law Review
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) (co-authored with Yanira Reyes, Belkys Torres, Charles R. Venator-Santiago).
Available at Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
Latina/o (Public/legal) Intellectuals Social Crises and Contemporary Social Movements, 18 AM. U. J. GENDER SOC. POL'Y & L. 787 (2010).
Available at Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
Cluster Introduction: Education and Pedagogy: Counter-Disciplinarity in the Critical Education Tradition in LatCrit Theory, 8 SEATTLE J. FOR SOC. JUST. 107 (2009).
Available at Journal for Social Justice
Afterword: Change and Continuity: An Introduction to LatCrit Taskforce Recommendations, 8 SEATTLE J. FOR SOC. JUST. 303 (2009).
Available at Journal for Social Justice
Cluster II: Tracing the Critical Education Tradition in LatCrit Theory, Praxis & Community, 4 FIU L. REV. 85 (2008).
Available at FIU Law Review
Toward a New Student Insurgency: A Critical Epistolary, 94 CAL. L. REV. 1879 (2006) (co-authored with Rachel Anderson & Stephen Lee).
Available at California Law Review
Bar & Trade Publications
Recognizing Disgust, Repudiating, Exile (Sarah Rankins' The Influence of Exile), JOTWELL POVERTY L. (October 25, 2016).
Available at: JOTWELL Poverty Law
Report and Recommendations—Legal Scholar Team, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps (April 2010) (co-authored with Tucker Culbertson and Margaret Montoya).
Available at: UNM-DR
Oakland City ID Card Proposal (Oakland City ID Card Coalition, 2008) (co-authored with Jesse Newmark, et al.).
Available at: Oakland City
Arce v. Douglas, the Arizona Ethic Stuides Case, NUESTRAS VOCES LATINAS (Aug. 19, 2015).
Available at: Nuestras Voces Laninas (archive)
Fort Lauderdale's Rules Criminalize and Infringe on Liberty, SUN SENTINEL (Nov. 12, 2017).
Available at: Sun Sentinel
Brief for Florida Legal Services, Inc., Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc., and Society of American Law Teachers, Inc as Amici Curiae, Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs v. City of Fort Lauderdale, (2017) (U.S. CT. APPEALS 11th CIR. NO. 16-16808).
Available at: Southern Legal Files
Brief for Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. as Amicus Curiae, Arce v. Douglas, (2015) (U.S. CT. APPEALS 9th CIR.).
Available at: LatCrit