Joshua Gonzales

I'm a second-year law student with an interest in privacy law, cybersecurity litigation, and intellectual property. As part of the Immigration Law Clinic, I will represent detained immigrants before the immigration court and help advise public defenders on immigration issues.

IT consulting and web design

Although law school takes up most of my time at the moment, I am open to working pro bono with non-profits and grassroots organizations who are looking for a leg up in the digital world. If you're interested, send me an email at or text me at +1 (209) 756-1426 and tell me about your project. I'm a millenial, so please don't call me.

Legal experience

This summer, I serve as Legal Fellow at the UC Davis Office of the Campus Counsel, working directly under the Chief Campus Counsel.

The bulk of my duties is to respond to legal questions from other campus departments. One of my recent assignments involved writing guidelines for the campus' parking citation agency on how to comply with changes to the Cal. Vehicle Code that mandate payment plans for indigent persons. Another required me to analyze the impact of South Korea's recent ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on international biodiversity research.

I also represented UC Davis in an employment dispute in Small Claims Court, and currently I am pursuing a legal research assignment related to ongoing litigation before the Ninth Circuit.

The fun stuff

I enjoy playing board games. In fact, I lead the King Hall Board Game Society, which hosts regular community-building events and gaming sessions. I usually prefer playing group games like Codenames, Bang!, and Secret Hitler. For one-on-ones, chess is my game of choice.

I like hiking and walking. My Fitbit says I average over 14,000 steps a day, and I usually go beyond ten miles when I visit Yosemite—no more than twenty miles, though; I hate camping.

Books I'm reading

When I was a kid, I read everything from John Grisham and Michael Crichton that I could get my hands on, and I complemented that diet with heaping piles of sci-fi and high fantasy. Some of my childhood favorites were Frank Herbert's Dune epic, David Eddings' Pawn of Prophecy series, and of course, The Hobbit.

As an adult, my taste in books has turned decisively to non-fiction. Some recent books I've enjoyed are Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning, John Locke's Second Treatise of Government, and Assata Shakur's autobiography.

Right now, my major reading project is Robert Caro's The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. It's a fascinating look at American society and politics at the turn of the 20th century, but it's very dense. To get a break from Caro, I'm simultaneously reading Reinhold Niebuhr's Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Critic, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's On the Social Contract. Amongst other things.

If you have a book that I definitely should read, let me know!

This information is up to date as of July 26, 2018.