About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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Lecturer in Law699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: August 10, 2021
Erin Prouty is a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker, APC. She has 34 years of experience practicing exclusively in estate planning; probate and trust administration; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; charitable giving; related income and property tax issues; and probate and trust litigation. Prouty has specialized in these areas of law since she began her legal career in 1986.
Prouty is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA 1980), University of San Diego School of Law (JD 1985), and Boston University (LLM Taxation 1986). She is a regular speaker at the USC Gould Trust and Estate Conference, the UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, and several local bar associations.
Prouty has served on the State Bar of California Executive Committee for the Trusts and Estates Section and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Executive Committee for Trusts and Estates, and has been selected to serve on the Board of Governors for the Beverly Hills Bar Association in 2020. She is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where she serves on the Transfer Tax Policy Committee.
While attending USC as an undergraduate, Prouty was a member of the USC women’s volleyball team. She graduated in 1980, at the age of 19.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Elyn Saks was interviewed about what schizophrenia really is. "A common misconception is that we're unable to care for ourselves and that's not true," she said. "For some people it is, but not for all of us. We can have relationships –romantic and friendships. But we often don't see that (in the media) because of the emphasis on sensationalism and 'othering' us."
“Guns, Mass Incarceration, and Bipartisan Reform: Beyond Vicious Circle and Social Polarization,” Arizona State Law Journal (Forthcoming 2023).
Hannah R. Garry
"From Policy back to Principles? Refugee Protection under International Law & State (Non)-Compliance," introductory remarks and chair of roundtable discussion, ABILA International Law Weekend, Fordham Law School, Oct. 21, 2022.
D. Daniel Sokol
“Cookie Intermediaries: Does Competition Lead to More Privacy? Evidence from the Dark Web,” University of Toronto Law and Economics Workshop, Toronto, Canada, October 2022.