Rachel M. Blunk was awarded the Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.

Law awardee named

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Rachel M. Blunk, an attorney with Sharpless & Stavola PA, has received the Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award from the North Carolina Bar Association, presented annually by the Young Lawyer’s Division.

Blunk is an active pro bono volunteer with the Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Pittsboro office. Through clinics in conjunction with North Carolina Central University’s School of Law and the Alamance County Bar, she has prepared wills, power of attorneys and healthcare power of attorneys, and she has provided advice about expungement to people who otherwise would not have access to legal advice and services. Additionally, she has served in multiple leadership roles with the bar association, as well as the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

She is passionate about the rights of women and LGBT individuals and is an active speaker and pro bono volunteer with a variety of LGBT- and woman-focused organizations across the state. Blunk has volunteered numerous hours on behalf of the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Blunk is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

info: ncbar.org.

Parents’ ‘scream for ice cream’

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly meeting and ice cream social on July 19, 7:30 p.m., at College Park Baptist Church, Youth Room, 161 Walker Ave.

Enjoy camaraderie while partaking of a cold summertime confection during a hot summer.

info: pflaggreensboro.org.

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