• Will you be there?

    Poverty Forum is only days away!

    Tickets are still available for the Sept. 28 Poverty Forum! Join us to hear Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Desmond discuss the affordable housing crisis and opportunities to create change in our mountain region. (Michael Kienitz photo)

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  • What Is Pisgah Legal Doing to Help?

    Trump Announces End to DACA

    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation, is ending. Congress has six-months to act.

    How is Pisgah Legal Services responding? Need help? Want to help people in WNC?

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  • Housing Summit Follows Poverty Forum

    Developers, planners, lawmakers, and others come together to discuss models and solutions to the affordable housing crisis in WNC. Join us!

    Housing Summit
  • Your Gift Can Make a Real Difference

    We Need Your Help!

    State funding cuts of more than half a million dollars mean that thousands may have to be turned away. Please help us provide the free legal services our low-income neighbors need so desperately. 

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Who We Are

Who We Are

We are a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in WNC: disadvantaged children, seniors, at risk families & domestic violence victims.


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Donate Now

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Pisgah Legal Services and know that your donation is going to help local people right here in our mountains.




We need you! Whether you are a lawyer or a member of the community who wants to give back, there are many different ways that you can get involved.


Our Impact on Western North Carolina



people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2016



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2016



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2016

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil are Co-Chairs of the PLS Endowment Campaign. Phil is an attorney with The Van Winkle Law Firm, and Pat is the retired executive director of CFWNC.

Joanne Gaylord

Joanne's friendly face is often the first folks see as they enter the Asheville office. She has been Pisgah Legal's receptionist for 15 years.

Lyn & Tom Leslie

Lyn & Tom are long-time supporters of Pisgah Legal Services and owners of Leslie and Associates. They are lead supporters of The Children's Law Project.

Russell Shuler

Russell is an advertising veteran, with 30+ years experience as an art/creative director. He uses his creative expertise to help raise funds for Pisgah Legal.

John Noor

John is an attorney at Roberts & Stevens who also volunteers pro bono as a MAVL attorney with Pisgah Legal, helping survivors escape domestic violence.

Latest News & Events

NC Navigators Get Support

Pisgah Legal Services is gearing up for the next ACA Open Enrollment  beginning November 1 and ending December 15, which is a much shorter time period this year. Find out more in North Carolina Health News.


PLS Board President: State cuts mean less help for our low-income neighbors

Pisgah Legal Services Board President Lee Anne Mangone was a guest columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times discussing the consequences of state funding cuts to legal aid and what that means for our low-income neighbors. Read the whole article here.


The 2017 Fall Newsletter is Here!

The 2017 Fall Newsletter is now available online! The edition features the stories of Pisgah Legal clients facing evictions, the broad affordable housing issues troubling Western North Carolina, and state funding cuts that threaten Pisgah Legal’s ability to help. Read…