On Thursday, July 13, 2023, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department of New York has reinstated attorney Bei Lu to the practice of law. Ms. Lu had been suspended in September 2022 for failure to meet the attorney registration requirements under New York Judiciary Law § 468-a.
The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department v. Bei Lu” with case no. PM-147-23.
In a unanimous decision and order, the panel found that Ms. Lu had complied with the order of suspension and the applicable court rules. The panel also determined by clear and convincing evidence that Ms. Lu has the requisite character and fitness to practice law again. After reviewing her motion for reinstatement, including supporting affidavits and exhibits, the court concluded it would be in the public interest to allow Ms. Lu to resume practicing law.
The reinstatement comes after roughly a 10-month suspension for Ms. Lu. She was among over 350 attorneys suspended en masse by the court in September 2022 for being delinquent in their biennial registration requirements. Ms. Lu had to apply for reinstatement under the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters and demonstrate she met the standards to be allowed to practice law again in New York.
With this decision, Ms. Lu is free to resume work as an attorney in New York immediately. The court’s ruling reflects their determination that Ms. Lu has fulfilled the obligations related to her suspension and possesses the proper character and fitness to serve clients and the public interest going forward.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that respondent’s motion for reinstatement is granted; and it is further ORDERED that respondent is reinstated as an attorney and counselor-at-law, effective immediately.”
Ms. Lu is licensed in New York with license no. 5423769.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.