Sheldon Oliensis

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Sheldon Oliensis (March 19, 1922 – May 14, 2001) was a New York City lawyer, a president of the Legal Aid Society, and a president of the New York City Bar Association.

Early life and education[edit]

Sheldon Oliensis was born in Philadelphia on March 19, 1922. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.


After a period of practice with another firm, Oliensis joined Kaye Scholer in 1960 as a litigation partner.

In addition to his private practice, Oliensis was highly involved in public service. He was a longtime member of the New York City Bar Association, where he chaired a number of committees, including the Grievance Committee, the Executive Committee and the Committee on Access to Legal Services. He served a president of the Bar from 1988 to 1990, and he was instrumental in establishing Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), the Bar’s pro bono legal service organization.

He was also a president of the Legal Aid Society from 1973 to 1975, was chair of the New York City Conflict of Interest Board, a director of the Fund for Modern Courts, and a director of the East Harlem Tutorial Program.


Sheldon Oliensis died of cancer at his home in Manhattan on May 14, 2001. He was 79 years old.