George A. Martinez

John A. Martinez

Full-time faculty

Professor of Law

Biography

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Professor Martinez was a teaching fellow in the department of philosophy at the University of Michigan from 1979-81 and a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Texas Christian University from 1981-82.

He was a litigation associate with the Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt from 1985-1988, and with the San Francisco firm of Morrison & Foerster from 1988 until 1991.

Professor Martinez has published in the areas of the federal courts, legal history, and jurisprudence. He is associate editor of NAFTA: LAW AND BUSINESS REVIEW OF THE AMERICAS.

Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration Law
  • Law and Philosophy

Education

B.A., Arizona State University
M.A. (Philosophy), University of Michigan
J.D., Harvard University

Courses

Jurisprudence
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts
 

Books

A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW: A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH, (Carolina Academic Press 2001) (with Davis and Johnson)

Articles

Further Thoughts on Race, American Law, and the State of Nature:  Advancing the Multiracial Paradigm Shift and Seeking Patterns in the Area of Race and Law, 85 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 105 (2016)

Arizona, Immigration and Latinos:  The Epistemology of Whiteness, the Geography of Race, Interest Convergence and the View from the Perspective of Critical Theory, 44 Arizona State Law Journal 175 (2012) (contribution to symposium issue)

Stranger at the Gate:  The Effect of the Plaintiff's Use of an Interpreter on Juror Decision-Making, 29 Behavioral Sciences and the Law 499 (2011) (with Daniel Shuman and Lynn Stokes) (peer reviewed)

Bobbitt, The Rise of the Market State and Race, 18 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 587 (2010) (contribution to symposium issue)

Race, American Law and the State of Nature, 112 West Virginia Law Review 799 (2010)

Immigration:  Deportation and the Pseudo-Science of Unassimilable Peoples, 61 SMU Law Review 7 (2008) (contribution to symposium on immigration reform)

Race Discrimination and Human Rights Class Actions:  The Virtual Exclusion of Racial Minorities from the Class Action Device, 33 Notre Dame Journal of Legislation 181 (2007) (invited article)

Immigration and the Meaning of United States Citizenship:  Whiteness and Assimilation, 46 Washburn Law Journal 335 (2007) (contribution to the special Law Journal Issue on "Immigration and the Meaning of United States Citizenship")

Delgado, Hegel and the Rodrigo Chronicles, 4 Harvard Latino Law Review 19 (2000) (contribution to symposium on Richard Delgado’s Rodrigo Chronicles)

Race and Immigration Law: A Paradigm Shift? 2000 Illinois Law Review 517 (contribution to symposium on race and immigration law)

Discrimination By Proxy:  The Case of Proposition 227 and the Ban on Bilingual Education, 33 University of California at Davis Law Review 1227 (2000) (with Kev R. Johnson) (contribution to symposium on Latino Legal Theory) [Reprinted in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW:  A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH, (Davis, et al, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2001)]

Constructing Lat Crit Theory:  Diversity, Commonality and Identity, 33 University of California at Davis Law Review 787 (2000) (contribution to symposium on Latino Legal Theory)

Philosophical Considerations and the Use of Narrative in Law, 30 Rutgers Law Journal 683 (1999) (contribution to symposium on law and literature) [reprinted in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW:  A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Davis, et al, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2001)]

Crossover Dreams:  The Roots of Lat Crit Theory in Chicana/o Studies Activism and Scholarship, 53 Miami Law Review 1143 (1999) (with Kevin R. Johnson) (contribution to symposium on Latino legal theory)

Latinos, Assimilation and the Law:  A Philosophical Perspective, 20 U.C.L.A. Chicago-Latino Law Review 1 (1999) [Reprinted in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW:  A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Davis, et al, ed., Carolina Academic Press 2001)]

Dispute Resolution and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo:  Parallels and Possible Lessons for Dispute Resolution Under NAFTA, 5 Southwestern University Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas 147 (1998) (contribution to symposium on “Understanding the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on Its 150th Anniversary”) [Reprinted in THE LEGACY OF THE MEXICAN AND SPANISH AMERICAN WARS:  LEGAL, LITERARY AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (Gary D. Keller and Cordelia Candelaria eds., Bilingual Press 2000)]

African-Americans, Latinos and the Construction of Race:  Toward an Epistemic Coalition, 19 U.C.L.A. Chicano-Latino Law Review 213 (1998) (contribution to symposium on Latino legal theory) [reprinted in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Second Edition, New York University Press 2011)]

On Law and Truth, 72 Notre Dame Law Review 883 (1997)

The Res Judicata Effect of Bankruptcy Court Judgments:  The Procedural and Constitutional Concerns, 62 Missouri Law Review 9 (1997)

The Legal Construction of Race:  Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, 2 Harvard Latino Law Review 321 (1997) (contribution to symposium on Latino legal theory) [Reprinted in CRITICAL WHITE STUDIES: LOOKING BEHIND THE MIRROR (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, eds. Temple University Press, 1997); also in THE LATINO CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, eds., New York University Press, 1998); also in RACE AND RACES:   CASES AND RESOURCES FOR A DIVERSE AMERICA (Richard Delgado, Angela Harris, Juan Perea and Stephanie Wildman, eds. West Publishing Company, 2000); also in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CUTTING EDGE (Second Edition, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds., Temple University Press, 2000); also in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW: A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Davis, et al, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2001)]; also in JURISPRUDENCE CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY:  FROM NATURAL LAW TO POSTMODERNISM (Robert L. Hayman, Jr., Nancy Levit & Richard Delgado, eds., Second Edition, West Group 2002);  also in RACE AND RACES:  CASES AND RESOURCES FOR A DIVERSE AMERICA (Juan F. Perea, Richard Delgado, Angela P. Harris, Jean Stefancic and Stephanie M. Wildman, eds., Thomson-West Publishing Company, second edition 2007); also in LATINOS AND THE LAW (Richard Delgado, Juan Perea & Jean Stefancic, eds., West Group, 2008); also in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Second Edition, New York University Press 2011); also in CRITICAL RACE THEORY:  THE CUTTING EDGE (Third Edition, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., Temple University Press, 2013); also in RACE AND RACES: CASES AND RESOURCES FOR A DIVERSE AMERICAN (Juan F. Perea, Richard Delgado, Angela P. Harris, Jean Stefancic and Stephanie M. Wildman eds., West Academic Publishing, Third Edition, 2015)]

Some Thoughts On Law and Interpretation, 50 SMU Law Review 1651 (1997) (contribution to symposium on law, truth and interpretation)

The New Wittgensteinians and the End of Jurisprudence, 29 loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 545 (1996) [Response:  Dennis Patterson, Law As A Social Face:  A Reply to Profesdsor Martinez, 29 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 579 (1996)]

Legal Indeterminacy, Judicial Discretion and the Mexican-American Litigation Experience:  1930-1980, 27 University of California at Davis Law Review 555 (1994) [reprinted in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., New York University Press, 1998); also in READINGS IN RACE AND LAW:  A GUIDE TO CRITICAL RACE THEORY (Alex M. Johnson, Jr., ed., West Publishing Company, 1999); also in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW:  A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Davis, et al, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2001); also in LATINOS AND THE LAW (Richard Delgado, Juan Perea & Jean Stefancic, eds., Westgroup, 2008)

The Anti-Injunction Act:  Fending Off the New Attack On the Relitigation Exception, 72 Nebraska Law Review 643 (1993)
 

Book Chapters

Olivas on State and Local Immigration-Related Statutes and Ordinances, in LAW PROFESSOR AND ACCIDENTAL HISTORIAN:  THE SCHOLARSHIP OF MICHAEL OLIVAS 145 (Ediberto Roman ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2017) (invited contribution)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY:  THE CUTTING EDGE (Third Edition, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., Temple University Press, 2013)

Alonso S. Perales and the Effort to Establish the Civil Rights of Mexican-Americans As Seen through the Lens of Contemporary Critical Legal Theory:  Postracialism, Reality Construction, Interest Convergence and Other Critical Themes, in IN DEFENSE OF MY PEOPLE:  ALONSO S. PERALES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS (Michael A. Olivas ed., The University of Houston, Arte Publico Press 2012) (invited)

The Significance of Narrative for Outsiders, in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER 261 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Second Edition, New York University Press, 2011)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER 364 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Second Edition, New York University Press, 2011)

African-Americans, Latinos and The Construction of Race:  Toward an Epistemic Coalition, in THE LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER 481 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Second Edition, New York University Press, 2011)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CUTTING EDGE (Second Edition, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds., Temple University Press, 2000); also in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW: A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Davis, et al, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2001)]

Mexican-American and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY:  THE CUTTING EDGE Second Edition, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., Temple University Press 2000)

Dispute Resolution and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo:  Parallels and Possible Lessons for Dispute Resolution Under NAFTA, in LEGACY OF THE MEXICAN AND SPANISH-AMERICAN WARS:  LEGAL, LITERARY AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (Gary D. Keller and Cordelia Candelaria eds., Bilingual Press 2000)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., New York University Press, 1998)

The Mexican-American Litigation Experience:  190-1980, in LATINO CONDITION:  A CRITICAL READER (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., New York University Press, 1998)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL WHITE STUDIES:  LOOKING BEHIND THE MIRROR (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic eds., Temple University Press, 1997)

Other Publications

Review of CARLOS KEVIN BLANTON, GEORGE I. SANCHEZ: THE LONG FIGHT FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN INTEGRATION, in PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW (University of California Press) (forthcoming 2016) (invited)

Review of BRIAN D. BEHNKEN, FIGHTING THEIR OWN BATTLES:  MEXICAN-AMERICANS, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN TEXAS, in 99 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY (Oxford Unviersity Press) 361 (2012) (invited)

Forward:  A Symposium on the Jurisprudence of H.L.A. Hart, 52 SMU Law Review 25 (1999)

Forward:  Theory, Practice and Clinical Legal Education, 51 SMU Law Review 1419 (1998)

Presentations

Alonso S. Perales and the Effort to Establish the Civil Rights of Mexican-Americans as Seen through the Lens of Contemporary Critical Legal Theory:  Post-racialism, Reality Construction, Interest Convergence and Other Critical Themes
Latino Critical Legal Theory Conference 2013
Chicago, Illinois (October 2013)

Christian Churches and the Immigrant Rights Movement
Moderated Panel
Latino Critical Legal Theory Conference 2013
Sponsored by University of Chicago Law School and
Northwestern University School of Law
Chicago, Illinois (October 2013)

Arizona, Immigration and Latinos:  The Epistemology of Whiteness, the Geography of Race, Interest Convergence and the View from the Perspective of Critical Theory
Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference:  Empty Promises?  The Constitution at 225
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
Little Rock, Arkansas (April 4-7, 2013)

Derivative Citizenship Litigation and Race
Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference:  Empty Promises?  The Constitution 225
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
Little Rock, Arkansas (April 4-7, 2013)

Arizona, Immigration and Latinos:  The Epistemology of Whiteness, the Geography of Race, Interest Convergence and the View from the Perspective of Critical Theory
Skype lecture to Professor Dolores Delgado Bernal's class on
Critical Race Theories:  A Focus on FemCrit and LatCrit
University of Utah - Department of Education, Culture and Society
Salt Lake City, Utah (February 19, 2013)

Race and Immigration:  The Arizonba S.B. 1070 Litigation
Interdisciplinary Dialogue "The Impact of Immigration Law and How the Church Should Respond"
SMU Perkins School of Theology
Dallas, Texas  (October 18, 2012)

Alonso S. Perales and the Effort to Establish the Civil Rights of Mexican-Americans As Seen through the Lens of Contemporary Critical Legal Theory:  Postracialism, Reality Construction, Interest Convergence and Other Cirtical Themes
In Defense of My People:  Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals
University of Houston Law Center,
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and
Center for Mexican-American Studies
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Houston, Texas (January 13, 2012)

Race, American Law and the State of Nature
Evolving Issues in Discrimination:  Social Sciences and Legal Perspectives conference
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Law & Psychology Program
Lincoln, Nebraska (April 20-22, 2011)

St. Augustine, Law and Race
(A response to Professor Paul Griffiths's presentation on "The Essential St. Augustine for 21st Century Lawyers and Law Professors")
Sixth Annual Conference on Catholic Legal Thought
Norman, Oklahoma (May 17-19, 2011)

Bobbitt, the Rise of the Market State and Race
Fifteenth Annual Latino Critical Theory Conference
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, Colorado (October 2010)

Bobbitt, the Rise of the Market State and Race
Third National People of Court Legal Scholarship Conference
Seton Hall University School of Law
Newark, New Jersey (September 2010)

Race, Culture and the Courtroom:  African-Americans, Latinos and the Reductions of Damages Awards
Fourteenth Annual Latino Critical Legal Theory Conference
Washington College of Law
Washington, DC (October 2009)

Race, Culture and the Courtroom:  African-Americans, Latinos and the Reduction of Damages Awards
Justice for All?  Perceptions of Racial and Ethnic Bias in Our Courts Conference
SMU Dedman School of Law
American Bar Association & its Judicial Division
Dallas, Texas  (April 7, 2009)

Some Thoughts on 'Critical Error'
Critical Race Theory 20th Anniversary, Honoring Our
Past, Charting Our Future Conference
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa (April 2-4, 2009)

Robert T. Chase's Manuscript, "Civil Rights on the Cell Block:  Race, Reform and Punishment in Texas Prisons and the Nation, 1945-1990"
Manuscript Workshop
SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Dallas, Texas  (February 2009)

Race, Immigration Law and the State of Nature
Immigrants, Vigilantes, and Immigration Reform:  Civil Rights in the 21st Century Conference
Conference Organizer
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, Texas  (October 2007)

Immigration and the Meaning of United States Citizenship:  Whiteness and Assimilation
Twelfth Annual Latino Critical Legal Theory Conference
Florida International University, College of Law
Miami, Florida (October 2007)

Presented Commentary on Professor Linda Bosniak's THE CITIZEN AND THE ALIEN DILEMMAS OF CONTEMPORARY MMEMBERSHIP
Colloquium on Law and Citizenship
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, Texas  (September 2007)

Mexican-Americans and Citizenship
Presented to "Comparative Perspectives on Mexican-American Citizenship from Law, History and Cultural Studies" Panel
Western History Association, 46th Annual Conference "Making Common Ground"
University of Missouri - St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri (October 11-14, 2006)

How Social Policies Sustain Injustice:  The Case of Bilingual Education and Proposition 227 in California
Discrimination in the New Millenium:  How Social Policies Sustain Injustice Symposium
University of Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, Indiana (April 28, 2006)

Development and the Judicial Process
Law, Culture and Economic Development Colloquium
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, Texas  (March 7, 2006)

Race Discrimination and Human Rights Class Actions
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools
Joint Program on "Race and Civil Procedure:  Teaching and Scholarship"
San Francisco, California (January 5-8, 2005)

The New Version of Hernandez v. Texas:  The Exclusion of Minorities from the Class Action Device
The Golden Anniversary of Hernandez v. Texas Conference
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, Texas (November 18-19, 2004)

Mexican-American School Desegregation Litigation
Albuquerque Bar Association Annual Law Day:
50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
University of New Mexico School of Law
Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 5, 2004)

Race Discrimination and Human Rights Class Actions
Multijurisdictional and Cross Border Class Actions Symposium
Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, Michigan (April 16-17, 2004)

Mexican-American School Desegregation Litigation
From Brown to Grutter:  Racial Integration and the Law in the Northwest:  A Symposium to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, Washington (April 2-3, 2004)
 

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