Judge Aaron Jaffe

Title: Retired Attorney, State Legislature, Judge, Chairman of Gaming Board
Location: Evanston, Illinois, United States

Judge Aaron Jaffe, Retired Attorney, State Legislature, Judge and Chairman of Gaming Board, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Originally encouraged by an advisor to pursue the medical field, Judge Jaffe decided to seek a career in law due to his affinity for writing. Backed by studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles, he later achieved a Doctor of Jurisprudence from DePaul University. Excelling in legislative, judicial and executive branch careers, Judge Jaffe is recently retired but remains distinguished for his expertise and poise within the legal realm. From 1960 to 1970, he was a state representative to the Illinois Legislature and a judge of the Chancellor Division with the Circuit Court of Kirk County for 20 years. He also sat as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board for 10 years.

Through these positions in government and law, Judge Jaffe contributed to changing sexual assault laws to reflect the victims’ perspectives, presided over divorce laws he had passed as a legislator in Chancery Court and helped preserve the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University. While with the Illinois Gaming Board, he kept the state from adding other episodes to its scandal-ridden traditions. Despite being white, he was invited to the Black Caucus for his voting records that outshined other legislators, regardless of race, and was named Best Legislator by the Women’s Voter’s League. Judge Jaffe attributes his vast career success to his love of people, adapting to the change in the law and building relationships with his clients. He also credits his parent’s influence.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Judge Jaffe is most proud of the fact that he always tried to do the right thing. With this sentiment, he wants to be remembered as an honest politician. He is the author of the 2013 book, “American Dream” and co-authored a book on his life, titled “Judge Aaron Jaffe: Reforming Illinois,” with Charles M. Barber. The tale chronicles his legal career, telling genuine stories and offering his insight and observations about humankind as “political animals.” He currently chairs March of Dimes. Judge Jaffe is most proud of his family, which includes his children: Dr. Alan Jaffe, Alisa Jaffe Holleron and Lowell Jaffe, his grandchildren: Rachel, Carol, Ezra, Drew, Maddie and Max and his great-grandchildren: Charlie and Rosie.

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