Attorney Emi Wakatsuki has been reinstated to the practice of law by the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court’s Third Judicial Department on January 11, 2024. Wakatsuki had been suspended from practicing law by order of the same court in October 2021.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Emi Wakatsuki,” with case no. PM-03-24.

In her reinstatement motion filed on November 22, 2023, and supplemented on December 11, 2023, Wakatsuki provided her affidavit and exhibits showing that she had satisfied the requirements for reinstatement under the court rules. These requirements included compliance with the terms of the original suspension order and demonstrating the requisite character and fitness to once again practice law.

The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, which oversees attorney discipline matters in the department, also provided a responsive correspondence dated December 19, 2023, to the court regarding Wakatsuki’s reinstatement application.

After considering both submissions, the Appellate Division found clear and convincing evidence that Wakatsuki met the requirements for reinstatement under the court’s Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters.

In granting Wakatsuki’s reinstatement motion, the Court also determined that allowing her to resume the practice of law would be in the public interest.

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.”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.