N.C. Association of Municipal Attorneys honors Frayda Bluestein with scholarship gift

Frayda Bluestein stands in front of a bookcase filled with books. She holds a framed map of North Carolina.

The UNC School of Government is pleased to announce a generous gift from the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys in honor of faculty member Frayda Bluestein. The gift of $15,000 will support the Frayda S. Bluestein Scholarship Fund for Municipal and County Administration. This endowed scholarship will provide funding to public officials wishing to attend the School’s flagship Municipal and County Administration course.

“Frayda’s impact on our profession is immeasurable,” said Jennifer Schneier, general counsel for the North Carolina League of Municipalities. “Her expertise is unmatched, and over the decades, she has played a crucial role in shaping and mentoring municipal attorneys across North Carolina. But more than that, Frayda is a wonderful person—kind, generous, supportive. Frayda exemplifies the best of our profession, and that is why the Association of Municipal Attorneys is pleased to support this scholarship.”

Bluestein’s more than 30 years of service at the School has focused on areas of the law related to local government authority, public records, open meetings, and transparency. Her work includes support, advising, and education for the state’s municipal attorneys. In recognition of her critical contributions, the Association honored her with lifetime membership and an award established in her name at its fall 2021 conference.

After receiving her awards from the Association, Bluestein remarked, “I was so surprised and completely overwhelmed. With the work that I do with them, they have the hard part. Their work is very difficult. It’s been my pleasure to be able to help them do their jobs so that, in the end, the government is working for the communities they serve. Our relationship with the Association and with the North Carolina League of Municipalities has meant a lot to me and to the School, and we are proud of the work we’ve done together over the years.”

Bluestein has acted as a core component of the School’s decades of support for attorneys serving North Carolina municipalities and counties. The School offers broad educational opportunities for these individuals, ranging from basic fundamental courses to expansive coursework in subjects including economic development, planning and development, and local government contracting.

Now, the Association has taken its recognition of Bluestein one step further with a contribution to the scholarship fund named in her honor. Bluestein has long been a fixture in the Municipal and County Administration course, which provides a broad understanding of local government functions beyond an attendee’s individual area of specialization. It is one of the School’s oldest and most popular courses and a foundational professional development opportunity for many of the state’s public officials.

“From day one at the School, Frayda has been passionate about her work,” said Gregory S. Allison, teaching professor at the School of Government and director of Municipal and County Administration. “She knows her profession so well and so deeply and has shared that knowledge generously with local and state officials throughout her career.”

The scholarship will give first preference to those whose participation is, in part, dependent on financial support. It will provide a meaningful resource to public officials from communities and counties statewide.

It will serve as another facet of Bluestein’s enduring legacy at the School and across the state. Her work has benefitted countless public officials, community members, and members of the media wishing to better understand local government.

Fundraising is ongoing for the Frayda S. Bluestein Scholarship Fund at the School of Government. Visit unc.live/sog to contribute.