Barbara Bice's Continued Support of USC Gould Students

“Mrs. Bice has dedicated her life to philanthropy and education efforts across Los Angeles County, but especially in the case of Gould students,” says Mirelle Raza ‘21, 2019-2020 president of PILF.”

Mirelle Raza ’21, 2019-2020 PILF President

In March of 2019, philanthropist, educator and community leader Barbara Bice donated a generous $2 million estate gift to support and further the work of the school’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), one of the nation’s oldest student organizations in the area of public interest law.

The gift is one of many examples of Barbara’s commitment to PILF, which was co-founded in 1987 by Karen Lash (JD 1987), Stan Glickman (JD 1987), Lisa Mead (JD 1989), Jeff Hayden (JD 1989) and Patti Freeman Gish (JD 1990).  

Barbara Bice is a former educator with the San Marino Unified School District where, during her twenty-year tenure, she was an AP English Teacher, Founding Director of the Career Education Program and the Career Center at the high school, and served as the Founding Executive Director of the San Marino Schools Foundation. She served on the Board of Trustees for Scripps College for 13 years and has served on boards of The Sycamores and the San Marino Chamber of Commerce. She also was an Advisory Board member with USC Gould School of Law where her husband, Scott, is an alumnus, has taught for over 50 years and served as Dean from 1980 – 2000. Barbara and Scott both served as board members of LA Family Housing and Queens Care Health Alliance. Barbara served on the board of directors of the Western Justice Center and holds a certificate in mediation from the EEOC. Barbara was the Director of Volunteer Services for World Cup ‘94 where she and her team of 2000 volunteers served the needs of attendees from around the world for the seven soccer games held at the Rose Bowl. Barbara was the first woman member of the San Marino Rotary Club where she is still an active member. She currently serves as a founding Board Chair of True Connection, which promotes social awareness and provides emotional intelligence education to children and adults. And on top of these leadership roles, she is also an avid boater, traveler and photographer.

“Providing an endowment to support the PILF summer public interest internships provides a unique opportunity,” says Barbara. “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.”    

Ms. Barbara Bice

“Mrs. Bice has dedicated her life to philanthropy and education efforts across Los Angeles County, but especially in the case of Gould students,” says Mirelle Raza ‘21, 2019-2020 president of PILF. “For over 30 years she has guided PILF with an unmatched ability to be both a warm mentor and a fierce advocate for public interest initiatives. Mrs. Bice has been an integral part of PILF victories for over three decades. I cannot imagine a more perfect namesake for the Public Interest Law Foundation than Barbara Bice.”

“Barbara cares deeply about our students. Her gift has meaningful implications for our students not only while they are in school, but also beyond their time at Gould.  Public interest experiences have the potential to shape our students’ legal careers — and the power to transform the lives of the people and families we all serve. 

I am enormously thankful to Barbara for this investment in our students and the positive impact they make. We are pleased to rename the organization in her honor: TheBarbara F. Bice Public Interest Law Foundation.

Dean Andrew Guzman

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