The Virginia Equality Bar Association
Marc Purintun, President
Marc Purintun is a partner of Williams Mullen in its Richmond, Virginia office. Marc's practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation. Marc has assisted several employers with employee benefit issues related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision striking down a portion of the defense of marriage act (DOMA). Marc regularly advises clients with respect to the benefits provided an employee’s same-sex spouse or domestic partner; including establishing domestic partner benefit policies, understanding the tax consequences of such programs, and the interplay of state and federal law relating to such arrangements. Marc is a founding board member of the Virginia Equality Bar Association and a member of the National LGBT Bar Association. Marc provides pro bono assistance to several LGBT organizations in Virginia. He received an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University in 2003; a JD from William & Mary Law School in 2000; and a BA in History & Religious Studies from Macalester College in 1985.
Mayme Donohue is an associate on the Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions team at Hunton & Williams, LLP in Richmond, Virginia. Mayme regularly advises clients on corporate governance and securities law matters and represents clients in both public and private M&A transactions.
Active in the community, Mayme also serves on the Junior Board of Side by Side, on the Executive Committee of the Collegiate School Alumni Board, on the University of Richmond Law School Advisory Board and on the University of Virginia Reunions Committee. She is also committed to pro bono legal work and serves as the Co-Chair of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Hotline.
Mayme earned her JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and her BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia.
Bary Hausrath, Secretary & Treasurer
Bary Hausrath is a graduate of George Mason University and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While in law school, he was the President of the LGBT-ally student group, the Equality Alliance.
Bary regularly speaks to community groups about the legal issues impacting LGBT individuals and same sex couples in Virginia. He is a member of the National LGBT Bar and numerous LGBT-rights organizations. In addition to his pro bono work with nonprofit organizations providing services to LGBT individuals in Virginia, Bary also sits on the board and is the president of the Richmond Business Alliance, Richmond’s LGBT-friendly chamber of commerce.
Bary lives in the City of Richmond with Ashe and their black lab, Cage.
Ashley Moore is a third-year law student at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and is the former president of the LGBT-ally student group, the Equality Alliance. A member of the One Book, One Richmond committee, Ashley was involved in the planning and promotion of events related to The Laramie Project, the text for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Virginia Engage journal.
Chris Svoboda (Past President)
Christina A. Svoboda was most recently Senior Policy advisor to Heather Mizeur’s gubernatorial campaign and prior to that was Of Counsel to a Washington, DC-based real estate & hotel development company. She has spent much of the past two years focusing her efforts on volunteerism and LGBT rights, shuttling between her offices in Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia.
Amelia Vance is the Director of Education Privacy and a Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. Amelia advises districts, states, academics, companies, and policymakers on student privacy law and best practices; oversees the Education Privacy Resource Center website and the review of applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge; and convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools. She is a regular speaker at education and privacy conferences in the U.S. and abroad, has testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee, and been invited to present for the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission.
Prior to FPF, Amelia was the Director of the Education Data & Technology Project at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Amelia received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College. In both college and law school, she was the President of the LGBT-ally student group.
Glenn Ayers is a partner in the Henrico County law firm of Lafayette, Ayers & Whitlock.
Glenn has been in private practice since 1980, concentrating in the areas of real estate including commercial and residential transactions, land use planning, loan closings and settlements; estate planning and probate administration; condominium and homeowner associations, business, partnerships and civil litigation. He advises individuals and businesses on LGBT issues including partnerships, property rights, estate planning and inclusive business practices. Glenn was an Administrative Hearing Officer with the Supreme Court of Virginia and a volunteer mediator and arbitrator with the Dispute Resolution Unit at the Consumer Affairs Office in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. He was a director and officer of the Fan Free Clinic in Richmond, a non-profit medical clinic providing medical services without regard to financial ability; co-chair of the Special Events Committee of the first Richmond production of the national tour of the musical Heartstrings, a fundraiser for AIDS research and patient care; director and officer of the Westwood Club, director of Equality Virginia, director of the Central Virginia Business and Professional Guild; director and officer of Richmond Triangle Players, Inc., the oldest continuing operating theater company in Virginia producing works in the exploration of equality, identity, affection and family across sexual orientation and gender spectrums.
Glenn currently chairs the Real Estate Section of the City of Richmond Bar Association and is a founding director and membership chair of the Virginia Equality Bar Association. He provides pro bono legal services and counsel to LGBT non-profits in Central Virginia. Glenn, a native of Norfolk, Va., received a JD from George Mason University School of Law and a BS in Business, major: Public Administration from Virginia Tech. He is a parishioner at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and he and Sherman Gifford, his partner of 25 years, live in Richmond.
Jane Sper is a partner in the Richmond office of Kutak Rock LLP, a national law firm, where she practices in the areas of commercial real estate and public finance. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, majoring in Political Science, and received her law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1979.
Active in the Richmond community for over 30 years, Jane has been a member of the board of directors of more than ten non-profit organizations (serving as president of five of them), including the YWCA, the Daily Planet, the Central Virginia Business & Professional Guild, Theatre IV (now Virginia Rep), the Jewish Community Center, the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Richmond. She served on the advisory board of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation for four years.
Currently, she serves as a director of Equality Virginia and is actively involved with the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.
Jane resides in Richmond with her partner and is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters.
Jeff Jacobs is the in-house counsel for Document Technologies, Inc. (DTI), a national, full-service provider of electronic discovery services, and also leads the firm’s litigation readiness consulting practice, helping organizations develop legally defensible, cost-effective Information Management (including records and email retention) policies and litigation discovery response plans. He also serves as an expert witness in hearings and depositions on electronic discovery-related topics and conducts CLEs on litigation readiness and electronic discovery subjects. Jeff is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago Law School.
While working in Washington, DC, Jeff volunteered with the Whitman-Walker Legal Services Clinic, providing pro bono assistance on immigration and estate planning matters for people living with HIV/AIDS. Since moving in 2009 to Richmond, where he lives with his husband, Carter Doswell, Jeff has been the President of the Richmond Log Cabin Republicans organization, in which capacity he has testified several times before the Virginia legislature in support of LGBT employment non-discrimination legislation, and spoken in numerous settings in support of LGBT equality. He is a member of Lambda Legal and a founding director of the Virginia Equality Bar Association.
Tim Lyons runs Tim Lyons Law in Los Angeles, CA and Charlottesville, VA. Tim's practice focuses on trusts and estates. He also handles litigation, primarily medical malpractice, personal injury and commercial disputes. Tim is a founding member of the Virginia Equality Bar Association and a member of the National LGBT Bar Association. Tim also volunteers his time with Legal Aid and Virginia Bar Association's Lawyers for the Arts. Tim received his B.A. in History from Harvard University, cum laude in 2004 and his J.D. from Northeastern University in 2011. Tim worked as a litigation paralegal for a large law firm, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, LLP, doing patent litigation from 2006-2008 in Boston, MA and Palo Alto, CA. Tim’s legal experience also includes clerkships for Hon. Marianne B. Bowler, U.S. M.J. (D. Mass.), the Massachusetts Attorney General, Alere Inc. (a publicly traded pharmaceutical company), and Lurie, Lent, & Friedman (a litigation firm in Boston, MA).