On Thursday, November 9, 2023, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Judicial Department reinstated attorney Melvin Michael Wright Jr.’s license to practice law in the state. Wright had his New York law license suspended in May 2019 for failing to comply with attorney registration requirements.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Melvin Michael Wright Jr.,” with case no. PM-257-23.
Wright was suspended from practice in New York by order of the court in May 2019 for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Wright had failed to comply with his attorney registration obligations beginning in 2014.
However, he already cured his registration delinquency in August 2019 and is current in his registration obligations. He applied for his reinstatement, but the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department opposed his motion. Wright submitted a 16-paragraph form affidavit in support of his application, as well as documentation showing that he had already completed the required continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation.
In response, the court found that Wright had satisfied the requirements for reinstatement, including compliance with the order of suspension and the rules of the court, possession of the requisite character and fitness for the practice of law, and demonstration that his reinstatement would be in the public interest. The court granted Wright’s application for reinstatement and ordered that he be reinstated as an attorney and counselor-at-law.
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.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Wright Jr. is a criminal defense attorney in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. He is listed as a member of the law firm O’Toole Scrivo, at the of writing. He attended the Seton Hall University School of Law, graduating in 1991. He acquired his law license in New York in 2006.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.