Martha S. West, JD
Senior Consultant, Employment Law
Martha West, Emeritus Professor of Law at the UC Davis Law School, specializes in employment discrimination law, labor law, and gender-based discrimination. Ms. West clerked for Federal Judge Jesse Eschbach and then practiced law for seven years in Indianapolis, representing - at different times - management in employment matters and union members in personal legal problems.
Ms. West began teaching at UC Davis in 1982 and served as associate dean of the Law School from 1988 to 1992. Co-author of the sixth edition of the law textbook Sex-Based Discrimination (2006) with UC Berkeley Professor Herma Hill Kay, Ms. West has also written articles on sexual harassment prevention, wrongful discharge, and gender bias. She has served on the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (2002-05) and continues to serve on AAUP’s Committee on the Status of Women.
Ms. West has received many awards for her work on behalf of equality principles and in teaching, including the first UCD Deanna E. Falge Award (1996) for equal opportunity leadership at UC Davis, the Law School’s annual Distinguished Teaching Award (1997), and the Frances Newell Carr Award from the Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2000).
From 1997 through 2005, Ms. West served on the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education, over which she presided in 2001 and 2004. Ms. West brings to TSS her expertise in employment law and her experience in board governance and oversight.
Ms. West is a summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law.