Professor Marc-Tizoc González

Marc-Tizoc Gonzaález

Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., San Francisco State University
J.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-8662 
 Office: 3411


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,


Wills and Trusts

Course Description

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.


Book Chapters:

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

Popular Press:

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