Rob McCreanor is an attorney with more than 15 years legal practice experience, including over a decade of managing non-profit public interest organizations and civil legal services programs. He previously served as founding executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the legal director of Catholic Migration Services, a leading provider of non-profit legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. Rob has represented individuals and groups in housing, employment, consumer and immigration matters, frequently in close partnership with grassroots community organizing campaigns, and has served as lead counsel in class and collective actions, large multi-plaintiff cases and impact oriented legal advocacy initiatives. He has instructed law school clinical programs and taught Poverty Law. Rob also served as an Assistant District Attorney in a trial bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and as a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. Rob received his bachelors degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Steve Velasquez, Assistant Director
Steve Velasquez is an experienced paralegal and has worked extensively in the non-profit, public interest and civil legal services fields throughout Westchester County. He previously served as a staff member at My Sisters’ Place and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his graduate degree in Public Administration from Mercy College. He is fully accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration-related administrative proceedings. Steve is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. He also serves as coach for the White Plains Youth Soccer Association in the Westchester Youth Soccer League.
Maureen Hussain, Staff Attorney
Maureen Hussain previously worked as a Kaufman Public Service fellow and staff attorney at Catholic Migration Services in Brooklyn and Queens, NY, where she represented individuals in employment, immigration, and housing matters in both state and federal court and administrative proceedings. Maureen served as law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in the Southern District of New York. Prior to attending law school, she taught math and computer skills to high school students in rural Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer, and worked at non-profit organizations focused on community development and refugee resettlement in the Boston area. Maureen received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Dior Manning, AmeriCorps VISTA NYIC Fellow
Dior Manning is the 2017 AmeriCorps Vista NYIC Fellow at Hudson Valley Justice Center. Her work at HVJC is focused on capacity building through communications and fundraising, as well as assisting in the development of our partnership model infrastructure. Dior is also currently a public relations intern for Pens Up Press, a start-up Black activist publishing company that champions representation and empowerment within the publishing industry for people of African descent and people of color. She was previously a trained volunteer of Legal Hand, a subsidiary of the Crown Heights Meditation Center, where she worked to educate community members on basic civil legal issues. Dior received her bachelor’s degree from Daemen College, specializing in public and holistic health.