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,
"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
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.