By Burnell Grimes Jr., IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
It’s a new year! Why not get rid of some of those dress clothes lingering in your closet? I have the perfect opportunity for you. As you may know, the Law Student Division and the Young Lawyers Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association have gotten together to create a new service project called “Suited Up.” Suited Up is a program focused on providing college-bound high school students from low-income households with dress clothes. In order to connect with these students, we have partnered with a wonderful mentoring organization called Starfish Initiative.
We rolled out the first phase of the program with a clothing drive on December 1, 2015, and have already collected over 100 items from generous members of the Indianapolis legal community. While we will be collecting dress clothes until Friday, January 15, we are still in need of women’s business clothing and ties. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
• IndyBar offices (135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500)
• Barnes & Thornburg LLP (11 S. Meridian St.)
• Blackwell Burke & Ramsey (111 Monument Cir., Suite 452)
• Coots Henke & Wheeler (255 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN 46032)
• Frost Brown Todd LLC (201 N. Illinois St., Suite 1900)
• Lewis Wagner LLP (501 Indiana Ave., Suite 200)
• Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP (141 E. Washington St., 4th Floor)
As we get closer to January 15, we will begin moving into our second phase of the Suited Up program, which includes organizing and distributing the items to the students. Once the students have chosen their suits, the suits will be dry cleaned and tailored for them. We have partner with Classic Cleaners for the dry cleaning services and Jos. A. Bank for the tailoring services.
The program will conclude in late April with an event to celebrate the students' many accomplishments. At this program, the students will be able to wear their suits and members of the legal community will provide them with sessions on dress and dinner etiquette, interviews and professionalism tips.
We know with your support we can make this an annual IndyBar event. Remember, there is still time to donate dress clothes at the various locations listed above. So reach in your closets and get to donating!
This article was written by Burnell K. Grimes Jr. of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Law Student Division page, please email Rachel Beachy at firstname.lastname@example.org.