George A. Martinez

Full-time faculty

Professor of Law

Biography

George A. 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 is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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 was associate editor of NAFTA: LAW AND BUSINESS REVIEW OF THE AMERICAS which was published from 1995 to 2016.

Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration Law
  • Law and Philosophy

Education

B.A., Arizona State University
M.A., University of Michigan
J.D., Harvard Law School

Courses

Jurisprudence
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts
 

Books

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

Articles

Law, Race and the Epistemology of Ignorance, 17 University of California Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal 507 (2020)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Bobbitt, The Rise of the Market State and Race, 18 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 587 (2010)
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Race, American Law and the State of Nature, 112 West Virginia Law Review 799 (2010)
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Immigration: Deportation and the Pseudo-Science of Unassimilable Peoples, 61 SMU Law Review 7 (2008)
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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)
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Immigration and the Meaning of United States Citizenship:  Whiteness and Assimilation, 46 Washburn Law Journal 335 (2007)
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Delgado, Hegel and the Rodrigo Chronicles, 4 Harvard Latino Law Review 19 (2000)
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Race and Immigration Law: A Paradigm Shift? 2000 Illinois Law Review 517 (2000)
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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 Kevin R. Johnson)
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Constructing Lat Crit Theory: Diversity, Commonality and Identity, 33 U.C. Davis Law Review 787 (2000)
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Philosophical Considerations and the Use of Narrative in Law, 30 Rutgers Law Journal 683 (1999)
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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)
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Latinos, Assimilation and the Law: A Philosophical Perspective, 20 U.C.L.A. Chicago-Latino Law Review 1 (1999)
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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)
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African-Americans, Latinos and the Construction of Race: Toward an Epistemic Coalition, 19 Chicano-Latino Law Review 213 (1998) 
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The Res Judicata Effect of Bankruptcy Court Judgments: The Procedural and Constitutional Concerns, 62 Missouri Law Review 9 (1997)
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The Legal Construction of Race: Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, 2 Harvard Latino Law Review 321 (1997)
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Some Thoughts On Law and Interpretation, 50 SMU Law Review 1651 (1997)
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The New Wittgensteinians and the End of Jurisprudence, 29 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 545 (1996)
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Legal Indeterminacy, Judicial Discretion and the Mexican-American Litigation Experience: 1930-1980, 27 U.C. Davis Law Review 555 (1994)
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The Anti-Injunction Act: Fending Off the New Attack On the Relitigation Exception, 72 Nebraska Law Review 643 (1993)
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Book Chapters

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

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CUTTING EDGE, 3d ed. (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 (Arte Publico Press 2012)
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The Significance of Narrative for Outsiders, in THE LATINO/A CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER, 2d ed. (New York University Press 2011)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in THE LATINO/A CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER, 2d ed. (New York University Press 2011)

African-Americans, Latinos and The Construction of Race: Toward an Epistemic Coalition, in THE LATINO/A CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER, 2d ed. (New York University Press 2011)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CUTTING EDGE, 2d ed. (Temple University Press 2000); also in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW: A MULTIRACIAL APPROACH (Carolina Academic Press 2001)

Mexican-American and Whiteness, in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CUTTING EDGE, 2d ed. (Temple University Press 2000)

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

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in LATINO/A CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER (New York University Press 1998)

The Mexican-American Litigation Experience: 1930-1980, in LATINO CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER (New York University Press 1998)

Mexican-Americans and Whiteness, in CRITICAL WHITE STUDIES: LOOKING BEHIND THE MIRROR (Temple University Press 1997)

Other Publications

Review: George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration by Carlos Kevin Blanton, 85 Pacific Historical Review 465 (2016) (Book review)
Pacific Historical Review

Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas, in 99 Journal of American History 361 (2012) (Book review)
The Journal of American History

Foreword: A Symposium on the Jurisprudence of H.L.A. Hart, 52 SMU Law Review 25 (1999)
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Foreword: Theory, Practice and Clinical Legal Education, 51 SMU Law Review 1419 (1998)
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On Law and Truth, 72 Notre Dame Law Review 883 (1997) (Book review)
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