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Rita_DunawaywebRita Dunaway, JD

Policy Advisor
Chairman Virginia Lawyers for Life

Harrisonburg, VA


Rita M. Dunaway graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 1998, having earned a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science simultaneously. She then attended law school at Washington and Lee University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2001. Rita practiced law for a short time in a general civil practice in Harrisonburg before becoming a full-time staff attorney at The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville. When her first child was born in 2004, Rita left full-time legal work to become a stay-at-home mom. Now with two children, she practices part-time for The Rutherford Institute and serves as Chief Legal Counsel to The Valley Family Forum. Rita has been working for several years now to lay the groundwork for a variation of "personhood" legislation in the Virginia General Assembly. Rita's husband, Scott, is a dentist in Harrisonburg. They are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. 
Rita blogs on "Fundamental Things"

Legal Cases

John Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education, Case no. 2012-0613

Supreme Court Duty: Correct Injustice on Lawless Arizona Agenda


Valley Faith in Action host Dean Welty speaks with Delegate Bob Marshall and Rita Dunaway, consulting attorney with the Rutherford Institute. 

Letters to the Editor by Rita:

To Have and To Hold: The Meaning of Matrimony, Roanoke Times

Let's Call a Convention of The States, Virginia Pilot | Hampton Roads

Would MLK Have Championed Today's "Liberal" Causes?, op-ed in Harrison Daily News Record

The Tilted Kilt, op-ed in the Harrisonburg Daily News Record

Dunaway: Advancing the pro-life cause, op-ed in Richmond Times Dispatch
Controversial Bill Won't Affect Abortion, Letter to the Richmond Times Dispatch
 Abortion Providers Dismiss Safety Concerns, Letter to the editor Roanoke Times
Give a Voice to the Unborn Written to the Daily News-Record defending the unborn and promoting the upcoming pro-life rally.

 Articles Written by Rita


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