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Helene Lois Kaplan

Helene Lois Kaplan, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1967.


Kaplan, Helene Lois was born on June 19, 1933 in New York City. Daughter of Jack and Shirley (Jacobs) Finkelstein.


AB cum laude, Barnard College, 1953. Juris Doctor, New York University, 1967. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University, 1990.


Private practice, New York City, 1967-1978;partner, Webster & Sheffield, New York City, 1978-1986;counsel, Webster & Sheffield, New York City, 1986-1990;of counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York City, since 1990. Board directors The May Department Stores Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, The Chase Manhattan Corporation, Mobil Corporation, Bell Atlantic Corporation.


Trustee New York Council for Humanities, 1976-1982, chairman, 1978-1982. Trustee Barnard College, 1973-1999, chair board trustees, 1984-1994, trustee emerita and chair emerita, since 1999. Trustee Columbia University Press, 1977-1980, MITRE Corporation, 1978-1995, New York Foundation, 1976-1986, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1981-1998, New York University Law Center Foundation, 1985-1987, Neuroscis.

Research Foundation, 1986-1992, American Museum Natural History, since 1989, vice chair, 1993—2009. Trustee Committee for Economic Development, 1993-1996, Commonwealth Fund, 1990-2003, vice chair, 1996-2003. Trustee and chair emerita Institute for Advanced Study, 1986-2002, trustee emerita, since 2002.

Trustee Jean Paul Getty Trust, since 1992, vice chair since 1997. Trustee Olive Free Library. Trustee Carnegie Corporation New York, 1979-2008, vice-chair board trustees, 1981-1984, 98-2002, chair, 1984-1991, 2002-2008.

Chair, trustee Mount Sinai School Medicine, 1999-1901, Mount Sinai New York University Health, 1998-2001, vice-chair board trustees, 1993-1999. Trustee New York City Public Development Corporation, 1978-1983, vice-chair board trustees, 1978-1982. Member Advisory Committee on South Africa, United States Secretary of State, 1986-1988.

Member New York State Governor's Task Force on Life and the Law, 1985-1990, Women's Forum, Inc., since 1982, Rockefeller University Council, 1984-1994, Bretton Woods Committee, 1985-1996, Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1986-1996. Chair task force on science and technical and judicial decision making Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, 1988-1993. Partner New York City Partnership, 1987-1992.

Board directors American Arbitration Association, 1978-1982. Member of New York City Bar Association (treasurer 1991-1993, member committee on philanthropic organizations 1975-1981, member committee on recruitment of lawyers 1978-1982, member committee on professional responsibility 1980-1983), American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Century Association, Cosmopolitan Club.


Married Mark N. Kaplan, September 7, 1952. Children: Marjorie Ellen, Sue Anne.