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September 24, 2020

Bary Hausrath and Chip Clapp Co-recipients of the 2020 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award

Clifford “Chip” Clapp and Bary W. Hausrath have been awarded the 2020 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award, given by the Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar to honor attorneys who have made outstanding pro bono contributions in the Commonwealth.

Clapp and Hausrath were nominated by the Virginia Equality Bar Association (VEBA) for their ongoing dedication to the Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic sponsored by VEBA since 2014. Since its inception, the Clinic has assisted hundreds of transgender and non-binary individuals to navigate the process of legally changing their name and gender marker on official identification documents. Hausrath was a founding member of the Clinic, while Clapp has volunteered with the organization since 2017.

In their nomination, Mayme Donohue of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and Marc Purintun of Williams Mullen said, “Bary and Chip are fiercely dedicated and have devoted significant time to this effort, both with regard to the delivery of exceptional pro bono legal services to the poor in Virginia and the recruitment and training of volunteer attorneys to continue to provide pro bono legal services in Virginia.”

Donohue and Purintun noted, “As a result of their leadership and commitment, the Clinic has operated more than 25 client-facing, pro bono legal clinics and corresponding CLE events since 2014. Dozens of lawyers and more than 400 clients have been affected to date.”

Hausrath is the founder and principal in BaryLaw, serving individuals and small business owners with estate and legacy planning, relationship dissolution, and name and gender marker changes. Hausrath is a founding member of VEBA, and a former president of the Richmond LGBTQ Chamber. Hausrath has also been a guest lecturer at both William & Mary Law School and University of Richmond School of Law.

Clapp is an associate at the firm Calderon Seguin, PLC, where he focuses his practice on criminal defense and traffic matters, as well as handling custody matters for immigrant children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected, and who come to the United States for care. 

In his free time, he helps write grants for DC's Different Drummers, a LGBTQ+ music organization in D.C. that includes a 90-member symphonic band, a marching band and a jazz band.

Lawyers interested in getting involved with the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit to be held virtually on October 14-17, may go here for registration and other information.


Caption: Clifford “Chip” Clapp (left) and Bary W. Hausrath (right).

Updated: Sep 30, 2020