The Betty Glad Legal Defense Fund

The Betty Glad Legal Defense Fund was established to help women who believe they have been victims of discriminatory conduct or conditions. Members of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science who believe they have been victims of discriminatory conduct or conditions may apply for a small award from the Caucus’s Betty Glad Legal Defense Fund. The Glad Fund makes awards of up to $1,200 for legal consultation. In deciding whether to fund the applicant, the committee will not judge the merits of the case. A paid receipt from a lawyer’s office for the first visit of the Caucus member is required before the Legal Defense Fund will reimburse. The Betty Glad Legal Defense Fund pays the first lawyer’s consultation visit for WCPS members exploring a gender based discrimination suit. It is for members of the Women’s Caucus only. To be eligible for funds, you must have been a member for a year at least.

If you believe you have been subject to discriminatory practices and wish to apply for assistance from this fund, first please contact Dr. Michaele Ferguson  and let her know you are going to a lawyer. Mail her the receipt for the visit, and the Fund will reimburse.

Members are encouraged to publicize the Fund at their regional meetings and to their colleagues, especially new faculty.The Fund is a 501(C)3, so tax deductible contributions are welcome at any time! Make checks out to: The Betty Glad Legal Defense Fund, c/o Laura Woliver, University of South Carolina, 425 Dean Hall Lane, Columbia, S.C. 29209.

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