Young Lawyers Section Collects Professional Attire for Two Local Charities

Written Thursday, June 28, 2018

Members from the Save-A-Suit team accept the CBA YLS’ donation of professional attire.
Members from the Save-A-Suit team accept the CBA YLS’ donation of professional attire.
This spring the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) organized a clothing drive of clean and excellent condition professional attire to benefit Save-A-Suit and Dress for Success Hartford. Countless pieces of professional attire were donated by CBA members at the CBA Law Center and law firms across the state.

“We wanted to bring together the YLS and the CBA through public service this year in ways that attorneys could easily participate. Thus, we organized a clothing drive and chose two organizations that serve our CT communities, Save-A-Suit and Dress for Success, on  which to focus our efforts,” said YLS Public Service Director Joanna M. Kornafel.

“Our YLS team collected numerous donations of professional business attire for military veterans, college graduates, and low-income women to help support their job search process.  The generosity of the CBA community was astounding—I had more than an entire car full of clothes to drop off.   Thank you to all who took the time to donate!”

Save-A-Suit provides our former military and college graduates with professional business attire and the confidence needed to succeed. Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

"We sincerely appreciate the support from all of the young lawyers who participated in the recent drive,” said Save-A-Suit Executive Director and Founding Member Jessica F. Ewud. “It is amazing to see young business professionals get involved in their own communities to make an impact."

In addition to Attorney Kornafel, YLS Executive Committee members who assisted in the collection of donations were Joshua J. Devine, Elizabeth K. Moran, Lauren McNair, George F. O’Donnell, and Amanda G. Schreiber. Over the 2017-2018 bar year, the YLS collected gift cards and in-kind donations for My Sisters’ Place and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ be homeful project, and volunteered with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, every member of the YLS Executive Committee pledged to perform at least ten hours of pro bono service.