On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of New York granted a motion to reinstate attorney Fang Bao to the practice of law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Fang Bao,” with case no. PM-17-24.

The court order noted that Fang Bao had previously been suspended by a ruling last September regarding multiple attorneys who failed to comply with state registration requirements. Under disciplinary rules, suspended lawyers can seek reinstatement by demonstrating they fulfilled the terms of their sanction and meet standards of conduct and fitness.

In December, Fang Bao filed such a motion with the court. She provided documentation showing her registration issues leading to the previous suspension had been resolved. The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department also sent a letter to the court confirming Fang Bao was now in compliance with all lawyer obligations.

In its February decision, the Appellate Division reviewed Fang Bao’s application and found clear and convincing proof she complied with the one-year suspension ordered in September, particularly adhering to court directives during that time. It further determined Fang Bao currently possesses good character and qualifications to practice law legally and ethically. The court also decided reinstating her license would serve the public interest.

As a result, the Court immediately granted Fang Bao’s request and reinstated her eligibility to work as an attorney in New York moving forward.

According to Ms. Fang Bao’s profile, she is a counsel at Clifford Chance, Beijing. She was licensed to practice in New York in 2017.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.