13th Circuit Candidates

Dabney J. Carr, IV

Dabney J. Carr, IV has practiced at Troutman Sanders LLP and Mays & Valentine in Richmond since 1989, specializing in litigating intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.  He is the Chair of the Board of the VSB Intellectual Property Section and has served on the VSB Bar Council since 2015.  He served as chair of the VBA Civil Litigation Section Council and as a faculty member for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. 

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 in multiple categories and has been named to Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite.  He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1983 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1988 and clerked for Judge James R. Spencer of the U.S. District Court from 1988-89.  


Leah A. Darron

I am seeking a second term on Bar Council.  I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and taught at St. Catherine’s School before attending law school at the University of Richmond.  In my thirty-three years at the Office of the Attorney General, I have represented the Commonwealth in hundreds of criminal cases in Virginia’s appellate courts.  I also supervise and mentor a team of junior attorneys.  I have lectured at Virginia State Bar, Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, and Richmond Bar Association continuing legal education conferences.  I bring to Bar Council the perspective of a career government attorney dedicated to ensuring that all citizens of the Commonwealth are represented fairly.  As a wife and mother, I bring the perspective of a practicing attorney experienced with balancing her personal life and her career.


Lynn L. Robinson

Licensed for twenty years, I started my legal career serving as a staff attorney at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.  I then transitioned to private practice where I currently represent the indigent community by taking court appointments in the capacity of a Guardian ad litem, and defense attorney. 

This experience had enabled me to gain invaluable insight in to the challenges and rewards of serving the indigent community.  If given the opportunity to serve on the bar council, it is this insight and perspective that will guide me in promoting reforms in the judicial system designed to improve the quality and fairness of the system and in making recommendations for disciplining attorneys. 

By serving in this capacity, I also hope to encourage and promote diversity in the profession and the judiciary and improve the quality of legal services available to all the people of Virginia.


Susheela Varky

In my 25-year legal career, I have focused on serving the civil legal assistance needs of low-income people.

Since 2007, as the Staff Attorney for Domestic and Sexual Violence at Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC), the statewide support nonprofit for local legal aid offices throughout Virginia, I have provided free legal advice to hundreds of victims who, while income-eligible for services at local legal aid offices, have not been able to retain such services due to limited local legal service funds and resources.

I believe my experience as a career legal services attorney and advocate for low-income Virginians would serve me well as a VSB Bar Council member. I support the Bar’s goals to increase access to justice, including by Virginians whose native language is not English, address the issues of the unauthorized practice of law, and encourage pro bono participation by more members of the bar.

Henry I. Willett III

I am a partner with Christian & Barton, LLP, where I have worked as a commercial litigator since graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1999.  

Since that time, I have served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division and on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.  I also have served as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.  I currently serve the Virginia State Bar in its key mission of improving the legal profession and judicial system as Chair of the Bench-Bar Relations Committee and on the Board of Governors of the Health Law Section.  

In addition, further supporting the Virginia State Bar’s mission of access to quality legal services, I am honored to serve as a member of the Outreach and Education Committee to the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. 

Updated: Apr 03, 2018