The University of Southern California Gould School of Law has announced a $2 million estate gift from Barbara Bice in support of the work of the Public Interest Law Foundation, one of the nation's oldest student organizations in the field of public interest law.
Founded in 1987, PILF organizes pro bono clinics for homeless people, abused children, low-income working families, undocumented immigrants and refugees, and other vulnerable populations and funds summer internship grants for students pursuing careers in public interest law. In recognition of the gift, the organization will be renamed the Barbara F. Bice Public Interest Law Foundation.
Bice is a former educator who, during her twenty-year tenure with the San Marino Unified School District, taught AP English and served as founding director of the Career Education Program and the Career Center and was the founding executive director of the San Marino Schools Foundation. She also was an advisory board member for USC Gould, where her husband, alumnus Scott Bice, has taught for more than fifty years and served as dean from 1980 to 2000.
"Providing an endowment to support the PILF summer public interest internships provides a unique opportunity," said Bice. "First, it recognizes the great contributions the student-founders, subsequent student leadership, and grant recipients have made to public interest work over many years. Second, the endowment supports Gould's commitment to law in the public interest. Third, it furthers opportunities for students to experience first-hand the importance of public interest work. Through these internships, students gain appreciation for the important assistance that they provide to underserved populations. Finally, the gift expands the important benefits the host organizations make to the public good. I am grateful for this unique opportunity."