Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Scotch: It Kills Germs and Keeps You Healthy

I'm not sure what the tuition was at Boalt Hall in the 1929 but I know who to ask: Josleph Aidlin. Mr. Aidlin is Boalt Class of 1933 and still practicing law. This article from KRSP's website is too short, too pithy, and too perfect to avoid quoting in its entirety:
Joseph Aidlin, who will turn 100 this month and is the oldest practicing lawyer in California, spoke to KPSP Local 2 reporter and legal analyst David Wohl about his 77 years practicing law.

Aidlin, who says he recalls speaking to friends and family who were serving in the military during World War I, came to Los Angeles from Chicago as a 10 year old in 1920. He went to Hollywood High and then attended UCLA and Boalt Hall School of Law.

When he passed the bar exam in November of 1933, he couldn't celebrate the feat because of prohibition. He went into practice in the 1930's earning $30.00 a week.

Over the past seven and a half decades Aidlin's law practice has included family law cases such as divorce and wills as well as corporate cases. He has also been involved in Geo-thermal energy through a business that he founded.

Aidlin, whose wife of 63 years Mary died in 1997, comes to work every day at his law office on Sunset Blvd. He never had children, although he says he loves children dearly and currently does legal work to benefit kids. He does not accept payment for his legal work any longer, and says most of his work involves "getting his affairs in order".

Aidlin attributes his longevity to taking vitamins and having a nightly glass of scotch, which he says "kills germs and keeps him healthy." While Aidlin is proud to be almost 100 years old, he maintains he would rather be 50.
The man has seen two World Wars and 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. He saw FDR elected the first time, and he saw Earl Warren as California governor. His state bar number is likely . . . what? 4 digits?

Clearly, I need to switch to scotch.


Blogger Slam Master A said...

Joseph Willard Aidlin - #13923
Current Status: Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

Bar Number 13923
Address 5143 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027 Phone Number (323) 666-1910
Fax Number (323) 666-1919
District District 7 Undergraduate School Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA
County Los Angeles Law School UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA
Sections Trusts & Estates
Environmental Law
Real Property Law
Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
11/15/1933 Admitted to The State Bar of California
Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

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This member has no public record of discipline.
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4/07/2010 9:53 PM  

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