On Thursday, June 29, 2023, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department granted the application for permission to resign for non-disciplinary reasons of attorney Sara Beth Safriet.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Sara Beth Safriet,” with case no. PM-135-23.
Sara Beth Safriet, an attorney admitted to practice by the Court in 2013, had submitted a formal request to resign from the New York Bar. Safriet was seeking permission to resign on grounds unrelated to any disciplinary matters. This request fell within the purview of the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] 1240.22(a). The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (AGC) had affirmed its lack of opposition to Safriet’s application.
Following a comprehensive review of Safriet’s affidavit, which was sworn on April 21, 2023, and officially filed on May 2, 2023, as well as the correspondence received on June 20, 2023, from the Chief Attorney of AGC, the court determined that Safriet meets the necessary requirements for resignation without any disciplinary implications. As a result, the court granted Safriet’s application and officially accepted her resignation.
While the exact reasons behind Safriet’s decision to resign remain undisclosed, it is a voluntary choice made by the same. With the court’s approval, Safriet will be relieved of her membership in the New York Bar and will no longer be authorized to practice law in the state.
The memorandum and order states:
“Upon reading Safriet ‘s affidavit sworn to April 21, 2023, and filed May 2, 2023, and upon reading the June 20, 2023 correspondence in response by the Chief Attorney for AGC, and having determined that Safriet is eligible to resign for nondisciplinary reasons, we grant her application and accept her resignation.”
Sara Beth Safriet was ordered by the Court to stop practicing law in New York. The order was effective immediately and until further notice. She had to give up her Attorney Secure Pass and could not act as an attorney in any way.
Ms. Safriet is licensed in New York with license no. 5121173.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.