Grace E. Dawkins was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma and lived near the Oklahoma City metro for most of her life. She attended Rose State College and obtained her Associate degree in Paralegal Studies, the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained her Bachelor degree in Applied Technology Studies with a minor in English, and finally the University of Oklahoma College of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate.
During law school, Grace served as a class mentor to the Class of 2017, held the position of Associate Justice by appointment on OU's Superior Court, served as the Secretary of the Hispanic Law Student Association, and was a member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court.
Grace's legal experience started as a runner in a personal injury and workers compensation law firm and then moved into the position of legal secretary in a workers compensation insurance defense firm. During law school, Grace interned with the City Attorney's Office for the City of Norman, the Oklahoma Senior Law Resource Center, and Holden Litigation. Her experience is primarily civil practice with experience on both the plaintiff and defense sides, and in both private and government service.