Carol Daugherty Rasnic

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Carol Rasnic grew up in Big Stone Gap and was among those in the last graduating class from Big Stone Gap High School in 1959. She then graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in German and from Vanderbilt Law School (1965), J.D. Since then I have been admitted to the bars of Tennessee and Virginia. She has practiced law for both states and was house counsel for Westmoreland Coal Company 1978-1980. Since 1980 she has been professor of law at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She recently completed her third Fulbright Senior Scholar award. She has taught every summer (with this summer as an exception) at law schools in Germany and Austria.

Northern Ireland: Can Sean and Jon Live in Peace? An American Legal Perspective

(Brandylane Publishers, 2003) Written by Carol Rasnic, this book contains much about her growing up in Big Stone Gap, and compares the laws addressing religious discrimination in Northern Ireland with American law and race discrimination, particularly pre-and-post Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

From Carol:

“I had interviews with about 25 of the principals in the 1998 peace agreement in Northern Ireland (the Good Friday Agreement), and the book includes the content of those meetings, as well as my experiences living in Belfast as a Fulbright Distinguished Professor, Queens University, Belfast, during this time.”


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