Dawne earned her doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002. She taught General and Organic chemistry at the College of Charleston as a Professor from 2002 to 2002. She began making the transition into Family Law working at the Murphy Law Firm, LLC in 2010 and is currently working as a Supervisor and Lay Guardian ad Litem for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. From May through December 2020, she was employed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Her work at the Census Bureau led to her becoming a NNA Certified signing agent and Mobile Notary. Her mobile office offers the following services: Laser printing, legal and letter sized documents and scan backs.