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Mrs. Rita M. Dunaway

Vice President of Public Policy

Virginia Christian Alliance Inc

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Virginia Christian Alliance Inc

8659 Staples Mill Road

Richmond, Virginia 23228

United States

Company Description

The mission of the VIRGINIA CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE is to promote moral, social and scientific issues we face today from a Biblical point of view. In addition we will refute and oppose, not with hate, but with facts and humor, the secular cultural abuses that ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Full-Time Staff Attorney

The Rutherford Institute

Special Counsel



Deputy Director
Valley Family Forum

Policy Advisor, Chairman
Virginia Lawyers

National Legislative Strategist
Convention of States

Board of Advisors

Advisory Board Member

Alliance Defending Freedom , America


WVA University

Washington & Lee School of Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law

West Virginia University


Political Science


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Deputy Director Rita Dunaway

Rita has been on the front lines with the Forum from the very beginning in 2003 when she and her husband Scott helped lead the drive against sexually oriented businesses in Harrisonburg that eventually led to a new city ordinance in 2005 which limited the time, manner, and place of such operations. It was also Rita who led the drive in 2006 to force Cargill to reinstate Luis Padilla after they had fired him for supporting the one-man, one-woman marriage referendum in Virginia.
In recognition of her outstanding leadership, the Forum granted Rita its very first annual William Wilberforce Award in 2010. But the list of her remarkable achievements continued to grow.
It was Rita who drafted and then led the drive for passage of a landmark pro-life bill in the Virginia General Assembly in 2012. She has frequently defended the First Amendment rights of street preachers; personally argued before the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling against a science teacher who had been fired for encouraging his students to examine critically the competing theories of evolution and intelligent design; and submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a successful effort to defend the freedom to pray before official meetings.
She also led the public outcry against the Tilted Kilt in the Valley Mall; developed a case for impeaching Virginia's Attorney General for failing to defend Virginia's marriage law; and helped urge Eastern Mennonite University to maintain its hiring policy that recognizes marriage as between only one man and one woman.
Rita graduated summa cum laude from WVA University and then cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Following several years as a full-time staff attorney with The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, Rita became Vice President for Public Policy with the Virginia Christian Alliance in Richmond and later a leading advocate for the Convention of States initiative. She lives in Harrisonburg with husband Scott and their two children.

Rita M. Dunaway | Board Of Directors [cached]

Rita Dunaway, JD

Policy Advisor Chairman Virginia Lawyers for Life
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.
Valley Faith in Action host Dean Welty speaks with Delegate Bob Marshall and Rita Dunaway, consulting attorney with the Rutherford Institute.
Dunaway: Advancing the pro-life cause, op-ed in Richmond Times Dispatch Controversial Bill Won't Affect Abortion, Letter to the Richmond Times Dispatch

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