Matter of Parise

Matter of Parise (2021 NY Slip Op 05065) Matter of Parise 2021 NY Slip Op 05065 Decided on September 23, 2021 Appellate Division, First Department 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. Decided and Entered: September 23, 2021 SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION First Judicial Department Anil C. Singh,J.P., Lizbeth González Tanya R. Kennedy Saliann Scarpulla Martin Shulman, JJ. Motion No. 2021-02609 Case No. 2021-01756 [*1]In the Matter of Laurie Parise, (admitted as Laurie Anne Parise), an attorney and counselor-at law: Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department, Petitioner, Laurie Parise (OCA Atty. Reg. No. 4491957), Respondent. Disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department. Respondent was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York at a Term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department on March 5, 2007. Jorge Dopico, Chief Attorney, Attorney Grievance Committee, New York (Remi E. Shea, of counsel), for petitioner. Bruce A. Green, Esq., for respondent. Per Curiam Respondent Laurie Parise was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the First Judicial Department on March 5, 2007, under the name Laurie Anne Parise. At all times relevant to this proceeding, she maintained a registered address within the First Judicial Department. In May 2021, the Attorney Grievance Committee (the Committee), filed a Petition of Charges alleging that, between 2016 and 2018, respondent misappropriated funds from a not-for-profit organization for which she served as executive director. The Committee and respondent now jointly move under the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters (22 NYCRR) § 1240.8(a)(5) for discipline by consent and request that respondent be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months, and until further order of this Court. A joint motion for discipline by consent must include a stipulation of facts, the respondent's conditional admission to acts of professional misconduct and the violation of specific Rules of Professional Conduct, the relevant factors in mitigation and aggravation, and the agreed-upon discipline (see 22 NYCRR 1240.8[a][5][i]). The motion must also be accompanied by an affidavit from the respondent acknowledging the respondent's conditional admission of misconduct, the respondent's freely given consent to the agreed-upon discipline, and the respondent's full awareness of the consequences of such consent (see 22 NYCRR 1240.8[a][5][iii]). We turn first to the stipulated facts of respondent's misconduct. Shortly after her admission to the bar, respondent established a not-for-profit organization to work with New York City youth. While respondent was the organization's sole employee during its first years, the organization grew to have over 15 employees and a $2,000,000 operating budget. From the organization's founding until 2018, respondent served as executive director. Between 2016 and 2018, respondent's principal role as executive director was administrative and involved overall office management and fundraising. Respondent was authorized to set the salary of other staff members. Her salary, …

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