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Chick Arnold Selected for MCBA Hall of Fame

The champion of rights for the elderly and mentally ill is one of 10 attorneys inducted September 20.

Charles L. "Chick" Arnold

 

Chick Arnold

 

Frazer Ryan partner Charles L. "Chick" Arnold was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame during the MCBA Centennial Dinner on September 20 at the Arizona Biltmore.

Chick is one of ten inductees for 2014. Since the Hall of Fame's inception in 2008, 85 "modern era" attorneys have been selected, along with 30 attorneys and judges from Arizona's early history.

The Hall of Fame seeks to honor in perpetuity "those remarkable individuals who have built the legal profession in this county and beyond, made extraordinary contributions to the law and justice, and distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service."

For more than 30 years, Chick has been a forceful advocate for the rights of the elderly and mentally ill. His 1981 class action lawsuit on behalf of Maricopa County's seriously mentally ill population ended successfully this year and has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans. Chick's leadership prompted one prominent observer to state, "Chick is to the mentally ill of Arizona what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement."

Chick is a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization). He chairs the Maricopa County Superior Courts' Task Force on Mental Health Services and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section. He authored the State Bar's "Arizona Resource Guide for Families of Persons With Serious Mental Illness" (2001) and co-authored the "Arizona Probate Code Manual" (1999). He is a long-time board member of the Mental Health Association of Maricopa County, PLAN of Arizona, Inc., and Mentally Ill Kids in Distress.