The event generated approximately $10,000 for the organization, which partners with community-based groups in order to address legal issues and advocate for legislation. For example, at the end of August, the justice center filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking class-action status for a case involving New Rochelle-area laborers who worked for a large landscaping and maintenance company but were denied minimum wage and overtime pay in violation of federal and state law. This case was developed in partnership with United Community Center of Westchester.
In September, attorney Rob McCreanor became executive director of the justice center. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he had been executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice and legal director of Catholic Migration Services, which assists immigrants and refugees in Brooklyn and Queens. He previously was with the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.