On Thursday, November 10, 2022, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Judicial Department ruled on the petition for reinstatement from suspension filed by Bellevue attorney Wenxuan Yang.
The case titled ‘In the Matter of Wenxuan Yang was brought by the Attorney Grievance Commission for the Third Judicial Department, case no. PM-187-22.
According to the Memorandum and Order on Motion, Ms. Yang applied for leave to resign from the New York bar on June 2021 which the Court granted on August 2021. Ms. Yang sought reinstatement by affidavit with exhibits sworn on August 5, 2022. The Attorney Grievance Committee, by a September 22, 2022 correspondence, opposed no objection to Ms. Yang’s reinstatement.
According to the Memorandum and Order on Motion:
“We have determined, based upon our review of Yang’sapplication for reinstatement and AGC’s response thereto, that the matter presents no cause for character and fitness concerns. However, we observe that Yang has been completely attenuated from the practice of lawfor more than a year and has not engaged in any CLE during that period. While we do not concludethat the circumstances require Yang to successfully complete the Uniform Bar Examination anew as a prerequisite to her reinstatement, we are of the view that Yang’s completion of certain CLE accreditation is appropriate.”
Accordingly, the Court ruled in favor of Ms. Yang and granted her application for reinstatement, but conditioned such reinstatement upon her completion of CLE accreditation commensurate with that required of all newly-admitted attorneys in New York.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.