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Martha West Social Justice Scholarship Fund

Martha West

The Martha West Social Justice Scholarship at UC Davis School of Law supports students interested in social justice, helping to defer the increasing costs of legal education in an effort to encourage careers in public service. The scholarship was established by Professor Emerita Martha West when she retired in 2007 after 25 years of teaching courses including Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, and Sex-based Discrimination at King Hall.

Professor West has been concerned by steeply rising fees at the Law School and throughout the University of California, and worried that high costs may discourage students interested in social justice from seeking a UC Davis legal education. The Martha West Social Justice Scholarship provides financial aid for such students and supports the King Hall tradition of commitment to public service.

UC Davis School of Law welcomes all who wish to join in this endeavor.

Please show your support by making a gift to the Martha West Social Justice Scholarship. You may visit the online giving page or contact Karen L. Charney, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, UC Davis School of Law, at or 530.752.6209.

Professor Emerita Martha West

Professor West received her BA in History, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1967, and her JD,  summa cum laude, from Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law in 1974. After eight years of legal practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, she began teaching at UC Davis in 1982. She served as Associate Dean of the Law School from 1988-1992. Professor West also served as a member of the Davis School District Board of Education 1997-2005. She continues to teach Gender and Law one quarter per year to undergraduates in the UC Davis Women’s Studies program.

Throughout her career as a scholar, Professor West has been deeply involved with issues of inequality and social justice. Much of her research has focused on issues of gender discrimination in higher education, and she has published prolifically on the subject. Her influential works include “Unprecedented Urgency: Gender Discrimination in Faculty Hiring at the University of California,” a 2005 report co-authored with three UC Davis colleagues, concerning the drastic decline in women faculty hires within the University of California system after the UC Regents abolished affirmative action in 1995. The report now appears in edited form as a chapter in Doing Diversity in Higher Education (Winnifred Brown-Glaude, ed. 2009).

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