Atty Gets 9-Month Suspension For Abusing Nonprofit Gig

By Emily Lever (September 24, 2021, 3:52 PM EDT) -- A New York appellate court on Thursday handed out a nine-month suspension to an attorney found to have misappropriated funds over three years from a nonprofit organization she founded and whose finances she oversaw.

Laurie Parise, the former executive director of Manhattan legal services organization Youth Represent, admitted to misappropriating more than $50,000 of the organization's funds behind the board's back during a period of financial hardship, according to an opinion entered Thursday by a five-judge panel.

Between 2016 and 2018, Parise used her position within Youth Represent to increase her own salary without informing the board of directors, which was supposed...

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