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In re Griffiths (N.Y.App.Div. 12/04/2008)

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, THIRD DEPARTMENT


December 4, 2008

IN THE MATTER OF STEVEN H. GRIFFITHS, A SUSPENDED ATTORNEY.
COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, PETITIONER
v.
STEVEN H. GRIFFITHS, RESPONDENT. (ATTORNEY REGISTRATION NO. 2847630)

Per curiam.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Calendar Date: October 27, 2008

Before: Spain, J.P., Rose, Kane, Malone Jr. and Kavanagh, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Respondent was admitted to practice by this Court in 1997, and was previously admitted in Pennsylvania in 1996, where he practiced law. He is currently suspended in this state (see Matter of Attorneys in Violation of Judiciary Law § 468-a, 3 AD3d 662 [2004]).

By order dated August 29, 2008, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended respondent for one year and one day for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law after he was placed on inactive status for his failure to comply with Pennsylvania's continuing legal education requirements. Petitioner moves for an order imposing reciprocal discipline pursuant to this Court's rules (see 22 NYCRR 806.19). Respondent has not replied to the motion.

We grant petitioner's motion and further conclude that, consistent with the discipline imposed in Pennsylvania and in the interest of justice, respondent should be reciprocally suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year. Further, any application for reinstatement by respondent shall require the showing pursuant to this Court's rules (see 22 NYCRR 806.12 [b]), and include proof of respondent's reinstatement to practice in Pennsylvania.

Spain, J.P., Rose, Kane, Malone Jr. and Kavanagh, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that petitioner's motion is granted; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year, effective immediately, and until further order of this Court; and it is further

ORDERED that, for the period of suspension, respondent is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk or employee of another; and respondent is hereby forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission or other public authority, or to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of this Court's rules regulating the conduct of suspended attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 806.9).

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