Martha S. West


Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (2011)
Indiana University Bloomington
J.D. 1974


Martha S. West is a distinguished legal scholar and professor and tireless advocate for women in many walks of life. Her interest in women's equality began while she was a student at the IU Maurer School of Law, where she organized the Women's Caucus and developed a course on women and law.

After graduating, West clerked for Judge Jesse Eschbach and then joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis, practicing labor and employment law for three years. From 1979-1982 she represented Indiana Chrysler workers at UAW Legal Services. West joined the University of California Davis Law School faculty in 1982, where she taught labor law, employment discrimination and sex-based discrimination for 25 years. In 1998 she founded the Family Protection Clinic to provide family law representation for battered women and their children. After retiring, West served as general counsel for the American Association of University Professors from 2008 to 2010. She continues to lecture widely on issues relevant to women in education and work-life balance.