Charles Ajalat Resigns as Antiochian Chancellor
Metropolitan Philip announced yesterday afternoon hat long-time Chancellor of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Charles Ajalat, had unexpectedly resigned. In a posting on his Antiochian.org website the Metropolitan wrote:
"I am in receipt of your correspondence dated August 2 and August 3, 2009, and it pains me very much to accept your resignation as Chancellor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America..."
The Metropolitan continued:
"I want to thank you for your devotion and dedication to this Archdiocese during the past eighteen years. I remember your mentioning to me on several occasions that you want to retire from law practice and spend more time with your family....
(You can read the full letter here.)
The text of Ajalat's resignation letters were not released by the Metropolitan.
A lawyer for the past 38 years in California, specializing in tax matters, Ajalat was a former chairman of the LA County Bar Association and Chancellor - or chief legal counsel - of the Antiochian Archdiocese for the past 18 years. His resignation follows ten days after the conclusion of the Archdiocesan Convention, and two months after the resignation of fellow former Chancellor Robert Koory. Metropolitan Philip had called the integrity of both lawyers in question (read that story here) after Koory and Ajalat authored a widely-read legal opinion that challenged the Metropolitan's actions in regard to his attempt to reduce the diocesan bishops to auxiliary status. That attempt was to prove unsuccessful. (Read that story here)
The Archdiocese now has only one Chancellor again - Deacon Emile Paul Sayegh of Yonkers, NY. Sayegh, who is in practice with his brother, is a personal injury lawyer whose website (here) lists the following practice areas: "Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Construction Site Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Ciminial Law, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Drug Crimes, Driving While Intoxicated, Traffic Violations, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Divorce, Matrimonial Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Business Law."