2 Alums Give Generously to USC’s Law School
Trope and Trope Founder Expresses Commitment With $1 Million Gift
LOS ANGELES ATTORNEY Sorrell Trope, founder and principal of Trope and Trope, the country’s largest law firm specializing in family law, and his wife, Linda Trope, have given $1 million to the USC Law School.
The unrestricted gift, subject to trust, is the latest in a series of gifts expressing the Trope family’s “exemplary dedication to the legal profession and the community it serves,” said Scott H. Bice, dean of the Law School.
In 1995 Trope established the Trope and Trope/Harriet Buhai Family Law Fellowship, which enables a USC law student to work at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, a public interest, nonprofit organization, during the summer.
“Sorrell’s commitment to preserving the integrity and traditions of family law are unparalleled,” said Bice. “His vision and generosity have touched the lives of the law students fortunate enough to learn firsthand the most important aspects of family law through a Trope Fellowship, as well as the clients those law students help. Sorrell’s renewed generosity will further carry forth his ideals, making an impact that will continue well into the next century.”
A Los Angeles native, Trope graduated from the Law School in 1949 and, following his admission to the bar that June, established his own practice, beginning what is nearly a 50-year career in family law.
Credited with revolutionizing the field by creating a firm that is, in itself, a family environment, Trope introduced a shared-practice concept – including weekly educational meetings – that enlisted all of the firm’s members in preparing and presenting matters to the courts.
“I owe an enormous amount of my success to my legal education,” said Trope of his alma mater. “It was pragmatic, challenging and stimulating – qualities that continue to define the legal profession for me. My wife, Linda, and I are pleased to return some part of my success to the USC Law School. It deserves the best from its graduates.”
Trope is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Harriet Buhai Center’s Zephyr M. Ramsey Award, in recognition of his philanthropy and commitment to justice, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Spencer Brandies Award, in recognition of his contributions to family law.
Retired L.A. Attorney Gives $2 Million to Fund Student Scholarships
RETIRED LOS ANGELES attorney Robert C. Packard has given $2 million to the USC Law School. The unrestricted gift, subject to trust, will primarily fund student scholarships.
“Bob Packard has set a very high standard as one of our most successful and generous graduates,” said Scott H. Bice, dean of the Law School. “In addition to his professional accomplishments, which are legendary in the profession, the Law School is honored by his life and by his philanthropy.”
A native of Los Angeles, Packard joined the law firm of Reed & Kirtland (later Kirtland & Packard) in 1948, where he developed an early and career-defining interest in airline defense. The firm’s partners – both USC Law School alumni – nurtured Packard’s ties with his alma mater.
During World War II, Packard worked as a tuna fisherman – a job deemed vital to the maintenance of the war effort – and was kept out of uniform. At the behest of a friend, Henry Shatford (‘46), Packard enrolled at the USC Law School in 1944.
A 1937 graduate of Manual Arts High School, Packard earned his B.S. in accounting and his J.D. from USC in 1941 and 1947, respectively.