On Thursday, August 31, 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 Cecilia Esther Cosca. The decision came following a review by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (AGC), which expressed no opposition to Cosca’s application.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Cecilia Esther Cosca,” with case no. PM-199-23.
Cosca’s journey to resignation began with her submission of a request for permission to resign, citing non-disciplinary reasons, in accordance with Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.22 [a]. Her application was further supported by a sworn affidavit dated July 17, 2023, officially filed on July 20, 2023. The Chief Attorney for AGC responded to her application in correspondence dated August 21, 2023.
Following an extensive evaluation of these documents and the confirmation of Cosca’s eligibility for non-disciplinary resignation, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department, granted her application and accepted her resignation.
As a result of this decision, Cecilia Esther Cosca’s name was promptly removed from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York. This change became effective immediately and remained in place until further orders were issued by the court.
The court’s ruling also included instructions for Cosca to cease and abstain from any involvement in the practice of law within the State of New York, regardless of her capacity, whether as a principal, agent, clerk, or employee of another entity. She was explicitly prohibited from representing herself as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission, or public authority within New York. Furthermore, Cosca was barred from providing legal opinions and advice or presenting herself as an attorney in the state. Additionally, she was required to surrender any attorney secure pass issued to her to the Office of Court Administration within 30 days from the date of this decision.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that Cecilia Esther Cosca’s application for permission to resign is granted and her nondisciplinary resignation is accepted.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Cosca is an attorney in Montville, New Jersey. She acquired her law license in both New Jersey and New York in 1999.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.