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Howard Leoner Oleck


Howard Leoner Oleck was born on January 6, 1911 in New York City. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from New York Law School. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1938. From 1938 to 1947 he was in the private practice of law in New York City. In 1947 he joined the New York Law School faculty as an associate professor of law and served on that faculty until 1956. He joined the Cleveland State University law faculty in 1956 and eventually became dean of the law school. He also taught at Wake Forest University and Stetson University.

[Source: Ann Evory (ed.), Contemporary Authors 461 (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981)(Volume 4: New Revision Series)][On Oleck's years at Wake Forest, see, George K. Walker, The Colleague at Wake Forest University, 27 Stetson Law Review 355 (1997)]

[We learned about Howard Oleck's association with poetry by way of J. Wesley Miller's introductory essay on "Legal Poetry" in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and about the Lawyer i-xii, at ix-x (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., reprint ed., 1990)(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900)]


Howard L. Oleck, Growing Old, 8 Wake Forest Jurist 16 (No.1)(1977)

______________, Better or Verse, 9 Wake Forest Jurist 16 (No.2)(1978)


Howard L. Oleck, Creditors' Rights (New York: Harmon Publications, 1948)

_____________, Creditors' Rights and Remedies (New York: Harmon Publications, 1949)

_____________, Debtor-Creditor Law: A Treatise (New York: Central Book Co., 1953)(New York: Central Book Co., 1959)(Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein, 1986)

_____________, Negligence Investigation Manual: A Handbook for Attorneys, Insurance Adjusters, Private Investigators, and All Interested in the Art of Investigation (New York: Central Book Co., 1954)(1953)

_____________, New York Corporations: State, Federal, Administrative, and Private Law, Regulation and Procedures, with forms, tables, and checklists (New York: R. Slater Co., 1954)

_____________, Negligence Forms of Pleading: State-Federal (New York: Central Book Co., 1954)(New York: Central Book Co., 1957)

_____________, Damages to Persons and Property, illustrated and annotated (New York: Central Book Co., 1955)

_____________, Nonprofit Corporations, Organizations, and Associations (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1956)(1965)(1974)(1980)(1988)(1994)

______________, Modern Corporation Law (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1958-1960)(with Winifred R. Knorr)

______________, Damages to Persons and Property (Brooklyn: Central Book Co., 1961)

______________, Encyclopedia of Negligence (Brooklyn: Central Book Co., 1962)

______________ Heroic Battles of World War II (New York: Belmont Books, 1962)

______________, Eye-witness World War II Battles (New York: Belmont Books, 1963)

______________, Combate: batallas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial (México: Editorial Azteca, 1965)

______________, Law for Living (Dayton: Professional Books Service, 1967)

______________, A Singular Fury (Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1968)(fiction)

______________, Primer on Legal Writing (Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland State University, 1969)(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Wake Forest University, School of Law, 1974)(St. Petersburg, Florida: Stetson University, College of Law, 1979)

______________, Law for Everyone: Answers to Everyday Questions and Problems of Law for the Layman (New York: Association Press, 1971)(1989)

______________, The Lion of Islam (New York: Kensington Pub. Corp., 1977)

______________, Oleck's Tort Law Practice Manual (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1982)

______________, In a Combat Zone (Belmont, California: Fearon, 1987)(fiction)

______________, Nonprofit Organizations in 1988: And Florida's Opportunity (St. Petersburg, Florida: By the Author, 1988)