On Monday, September 14, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, issued a memorandum and order in the matter of attorney Jonathan Myal Pope. Pope applied for permission to resign from the New York Bar for non-disciplinary reasons. The court granted Pope’s application and accepted his resignation.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jonathan Myal Pope,” with case no. PM-211-23.
The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (AGC) advised that it did not oppose Pope’s application, and upon reviewing Pope’s affidavit and correspondence from the Deputy Chief Attorney for AGC, the court determined that Pope was eligible to resign for non-disciplinary reasons.
Pope’s name was stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, and he was commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form in the State of New York.
Furthermore, Pope was forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission, or other public authority, or to give advice on legal matters or hold himself out as an attorney and counselor-at-law in this State.
The court also ordered Pope to surrender his Attorney Secure Pass to the Office of Court Administration within 30 days of the date of the decision.
This decision highlights the process for attorneys to resign from the bar for nondisciplinary reasons in the State of New York and serves as a reminder to attorneys of their obligations and restrictions when it comes to practicing law in the state. It is important for attorneys to understand the rules and regulations surrounding their practice, and to follow the proper procedures for resigning from the bar if they are no longer able to practice law in the state.
According to Avvo, Mr. Pope is a tax attorney in Farmers Branch, Texas. He attended the Seattle University School of Law. He acquired his law license in New York in 2013.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.