Working for the Town of Marana since 2006, 31-year-old Laine Sklar was recently honored for her leadership by the 40 Under 40 group for 2012.

The 40 under 40 program recognizes Tucson leaders under the age of 40 for their leadership, accomplishments and involvement in the community.

“It’s a huge honor, but I didn’t think of myself as one of the 40 young leaders for Southern Arizona,” said Sklar. “If anything it’s empowered me to become more involved.”

Sklar has lived in Arizona since 1992 and graduated from the University of Arizona with a law degree. The December before her last semester, she accepted a permanent attorney position with the Town of Marana.

She started as an Assistant Town Attorney and a couple years later was promoted to Associate Town Attorney, which at the time was a newly-created position that involved more responsibilities. In 2011, Sklar was again promoted to Senior Assistant Town Attorney, where she makes $77,715 each year. “I love working for the Town of Marana,” said Sklar. “I’ve got really great and skilled attorneys in this department who have kind of guided me on my journey to be a lawyer since I’ve been here. ”

One of the highlights of Sklar’s job is working as a police legal advisor where she has been involved in different organizations in order to gain more experience and knowledge.

“Transitioning from being a prosecutor to an advisor has been interesting because I’m used to being more mobile,” said Sklar. “Becoming more sedentary has been kind of a challenge and it’s just different type of work with many different projects. It’s been a challenge but a fun one.”

Apart from advising, Sklar’s passion for the community is reflected in how involved she is. In the past, she has helped lead a bone marrow drive and put on a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for the Ride 430 Challenge, which helps assist injured military people in their recover. Soon she will volunteer as a reading coach a couple times a week at Estes Elementary School, and she recently signed up again to help returning veterans return veterans benefits.

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