Sat Mar 28 2015   
Alumni and Development

40th Annual Law College Association (LCA)
Appreciation Dinner 


Friday, April 4, 2014

5:30 - 9:30 pm

U of A College of Medicine

550 East Van Buren Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004


Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of:


Charles (Chick) Arnold

(Class of 1970)


"LCA Award" for extraordinary service to society


Chick joined Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP in June of 2002. He specializes in mental health and elder law, serving the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, and the elderly. He serves as a judge pro tempore in the Maricopa County Superior Court, Probate Division, is the former Chairman of the State Bar of Arizona Section on Mental Health and Elder Law, and frequently writes and speaks about a wide range of issues unique to his practice.


Chick has so dedicated his practice to the legal needs of individuals with mental illnesses and other disabilities such that it was once noted "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 an AV rated attorney with the highest ratings for legal ability and ethical standards.


Chick was formerly the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary, where he was guardian and conservator of approximately 600 adults within Maricopa County, Arizona, and was the named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit to assert the rights of the mentally ill in Arizona.



Maria BaierMaria Baier

(Class of 1992)


UAAA Public Service Award


Maria Baier was selected for the Chief Executive Officer position by the Sonoran Institute Board of Directors in the fall of 2012. Maria began her work for the Institute as CEO on December 3, 2012. Prior to joining the Institute, Maria was the Commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD), a position she held since 2009. At ASLD, Baier has been responsible for managing millions of acres of Arizona state trust lands. During her tenure at ASLD, the department earned about $560 million in revenues for the Trust, due to an active leasing and sales program involving over 25,000 acres. Included in 25,000 acres was 16,000 acres under the Arizona Preserve Initiative Program which will be used for parks and preserves for communities across the state. Proceeds from land sales and leasing primarily benefit schools and education in Arizona.


Baier also used her position at ASLD to lead on renewable energy projects, including setting up the state's first renewable energy mapping system, and negotiating the first of several agreements to lease state trust lands for large-scale commercial solar and wind farms in Arizona. Prior to assuming this position, Baier served as a Phoenix City Councilwoman, where she chaired the Economy, Commerce and Sustainability Subcommittee and served on a variety of other committees.


Baier has also held several executive positions, including president of MBC, Inc., a sustainability consulting firm specializing in sustainable land-use and natural resource management practice; president and CEO of Valley Partnership, a trade organization whose primary mission is to "advocate responsible development," primarily on behalf of the commercial real estate development industry; and director of the Trust for Public Land, Arizona Field Office. She spent 10 years on the Executive Staff of the Office of the Governor, serving two administrations. She served as senior policy advisor in the areas of natural resources, growth and development, environmental quality, and criminal justice.


She also has a background in communications, having served as deputy director of communications and lead speechwriter while with the Governor's Office and as public information officer for the Arizona Attorney General's Office. Baier is a member of the Arizona State Bar and volunteers on numerous state boards and commissions including the Trust for Public Land Arizona Advisory Board, Foundation for Blind Children, Great Hearts Academies Board of Directors, and the Urban Land Institute Advisory Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.



Paul CharltonPaul Charlton

(Class of 1988)


UAAA Public service Award


Beyond his extensive knowledge acquired both in and out of the courtroom over his highly accomplished career, Mr. Charlton is distinguished by his good-natured, accessible style which makes his clients feel comfortable from the very beginning of any legal matter. He earns client confidence and trust as they experience his fierce determination to work toward successful results. One focus area within his practice is the representation of corporations and public officials engaged in matters with federal and state law enforcement. In this regard, he has assisted numerous corporate and elected officials who were motivated to report illegal acts committed by others, as well as providing assistance to those who may be the subject of an investigation.


Additionally, by applying the specialized knowledge gained through six years of public service as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona to his private practice, Mr. Charlton provides a unique depth of experience in consultation, strategy and representation of agencies and municipalities in the prevention and resolution of internal investigations. Over the course of his career, Mr. Charlton has also developed an outstanding track record in the representation of Native American governments and tribal leaders. Joining his knowledge of Native American law and his trust-based approach to client relationships, he has successfully represented Native American tribes including the Ak-Chin, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa, the Hualapai and the Navajo Nation.


Mr. Charlton has been deployed by the U.S. Department of Justice on numerous occasions to provide instruction to Latin American prosecutors and judges on the American criminal justice system.



Steven Lainoff Steven Lainoff

(Class of 1977)


UAAA Professional Achievement Award


Mr Lainoff is the principal-in-charge of the Washington National Tax office of KPMG LLP (US). Steve provides tax advice to multinational corporations on transaction and controversy matters, including international mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, especially in the area of cross-border structured finance. He has significant experience in representing clients in administrative matters before the IRS.


In addition, Steve advises on internal restructuring, intangibles transfers, transfer pricing and foreign tax credits. Steve served as the international tax counsel of the United States Treasury Department from 1984 to 1986, where he was responsible for the Treasury Department's participation in legislation and regulations in the international tax area, as well as the negotiation of tax agreements with foreign countries.


He served as the associate chief counsel (international) of the Internal Revenue Service from 1988 to 1991, where he was responsible for regulations, rulings and controversy matters. Prior to joining KPMG LLP (US), he was a partner of the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and King & Spalding. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the New York University and Georgetown University Law Schools. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, a JD degree from the University of Arizona and his LLM (Taxation) from New York University.


James Tielborg The Honorable James Tielborg

(Class of 1966)


UAAA Professional Achievement Award


James Teilborg is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Judge James Teilborg assumes senior status for the district after serving on the court for 12 years.


A native of Colorado, Teilborg graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law with his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1966. Teilborg also served in the Arizona Air National Guard from 1966 to 1974 and served as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1974-1997. Tielborg spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Arizona from 1967 to 2000. On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Teilborg was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 21, 2000 to a new judgeship created by 113 Stat. 1501 which was approved by Congress.


Teilborg was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 2000 on a 95-0-5 vote and received commission on October 13, 2000.






The cost of the dinner is $80 per person or $750 for a table of 10. The prices will increase to $95 per person and $900 for a table of 10 after March 7th. To reserve your seat or table, please make your check out to the Law College Association - Annual Dinner, and send to Marissa White at the College of Law, 1201 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721. If you are purchasing a table, please send a list of people who will be at the table along with their menu selection. The options are Beef Short Ribs or Grilled Salmon. For individual registrations please click on the link below.


Online reservation is now closed. Please Contact the Alumni Office for reservation infomation.







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