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After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree (1970) and her Master of Social Work degree (1973) from UBC, Marnie Dunnaway worked for about a decade as a child welfare social worker and supervisor for the Ministry of Children and Families. Ms. Dunnaway returned to UBC to obtain her LL.B. in 1984 and was called to the bar in 1986. Since 1986, Ms. Dunnaway has practised exclusively in the area of family law at all levels of court in BC including Provincial Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Ms. Dunnaway’s family law practice includes extensive experience in property and custody matters as well as a subspecialty in child welfare law, initially in protection proceedings in provincial court and later in administrative law hearings under the former Family and Child Review Board and Children’s Commission Tribunal, as well as judicial review proceedings under the Judicial Review Procedure Actin both Supreme Court and at the Court of Appeal.
Ms. Dunnaway has been a frequent guest lecturer at the UBC law school in relation to various family law issues and has also produced several papers as a participant at a number of CLE workshops, including in relation to evidence in family law proceedings and child welfare issues. She has also participated on child welfare conference panel in relation to the problem of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.