What’s New

Barbara Bice’s Historic PILF Endowment

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).  

We are incredibly fortunate to have such a committed champion of USC Gould students pursing public interest work.

“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.”

2020 PILF Annual Auction

The PILF Annual Auction is back for 2020! This year the auction is online only, and bidding is open from March 1 – March 6. Bidding ends at 7:30 pm on March 6th. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 6, at the Auction Gala in the Law Cafe. Attendance at the Gala is not required to bid, but we would love to see you there. Tickets are $10. Talk to your favorite PILF Rep to purchase.

The auction website is: charityauction.bid/32PILFAuction

USC PILF USC Law Gear Sale (Ends January 5, 2020)

Support USC PILF by purchasing our unique USC Law hats, sweats, T-shirts, North Face jackets and more! You can’t find this stuff at the Bookstore, and all proceeds go to supporting USC Gould students in the pursuit of Public Interest careers. The sale ends on January 5, 2020, and all orders will be shipped directly to your house and arrive in mid to late January. Please follow the link to check out these unique USC Law items: http://kotisibuy.com/zsawqexpyr/products.

Dean Guzman’s Historic Announcement and Support of PILF Summer Grants

Last year PILF had a record number of Grant applicants and recipients. This year followed suit, with 140 1L students attending our introductory meeting. While our board was enthusiastic about the number of students invested in public interest work, we worried about how competitive the application process would be for summer grant stipends. 


On October 21, 2019 Dean Guzman announced a commitment to provide a guaranteed summer stipend to any 1L or 2L student who pursues qualifying public interest work and who satisfies the criteria established by PILF and Gould.  


This is a historic moment for PILF and USC Gould School of Law. The Dean’s continued support of students in their pursuit of Public Interest careers will allow our community to flourish.
It is with overwhelming gratitude that we thank Dean Guzman for his continued support of PILF. In addition, PILF would like to recognize both present and past PILF students for carrying the momentum to keep the PILF community strong and engaged throughout the years, the alumni who have supported these stipends, and our faculty advisors, Professor Clare Pastore and Professor Scott Bice, for their wisdom and guidance. 

New Board Positions

We are excited to announce that PILF has created several new Executive Board positions for the 2019-2020 year. 

The Professional Development Chair is responsible for ensuring that USC students are acquiring skills and knowledge that will allow them to be as successful as possible in the clinical space. This includes organizing presentations and clinical opportunities that provide legal training while pushing students to think about their role in the public interest world. 

The Community Engagement Chair is responsible for connecting the PILF community within Gould and with outside organizations and alumni. This includes organizing social gatherings for the PILF Executive Board (1Ls and 2Ls), the Kickoff BBQ at the beginning of the year, and networking events with PILF organizations at other law schools.