Charles L. Aarons Papers, 1907-1952

Scope and Content Note

The papers are arranged in alphabetical files. There is both personal and legal correspondence which documents some of his Milwaukee Jewish community activities. The clippings mainly concern various campaigns and judicial opinions.

The largest part of the collection is comprised of copies of his judicial opinions arranged alphabetically by the plaintiff's last name. His most famous decision was the 1927 “ambulance chasing” case (Churchill et al.) that resulted in the disbarment proceedings against many Milwaukee lawyers.

The reports concern various legal topics that Aarons investigated with other judges, including circuit court congestion, comparative negligence, and the attempt to standardize judge's instructions to juries.

The speeches and writings, 1935-1950, include those of Aarons, other Wisconsin judges, and an incomplete set of Charles B. Rogers' newspaper column, “Reminiscences of a Country Lawyer.”

The miscellaneous papers include citations that Aarons received, campaign literature, legal certifications of his election successes in 1925, 1931, 1937, and 1843; and biographical material.