• Nov. 1 , 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017

    ACA Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 1

    We can help! Whether it’s your first time signing up for health insurance on the Marketplace or you need to change a current plan, our trained assisters are here to help you and your family – and it’s all free!

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  • A full-time minimum-wage worker earns $15,080/year.

    The Case for Raising NC’s Minimum Wage

    The NC Justice Center, the state’s leading anti-poverty advocacy organization, has released a new report that touts the advantages of raising the minimum wage in North Carolina. 

    Read It
  • Oh, what a night!

    Marian Wright Edelman Inspires Record Crowd

    The October 5th Poverty Forum with Marian Wright Edelman was the largest event in Pisgah Legal Services’ history with 1,250+ tickets sold! Thank you for being a part of this special night.

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  • Newsweek's Cover Story

    How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

    “Poverty and the conditions that often accompany it — violence, excessive noise, chaos at home, pollution, malnutrition, abuse and parents without jobs — can affect the interactions, formation and pruning of connections in the young brain.”

    Find Out More
  • Domestic Violence’s Impact on Kids

    From NPR: [Domestic violence] hurts not only the kids who witness the violence, but also their classmates. The harm is evident in lower test scores as well as lower rates of college attendance and completion. And the impact extends past graduation — it can be seen in lower earnings later in life.

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  • Help is Available

    Stand Against Domestic Violence

    Pisgah Legal Services is one of the partner agencies working with Buncombe County to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault, prevent domestic violence homicides and make our community a safer place for all our citizens.

    How does legal aid make a difference?

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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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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 2015



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2015



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2015

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


Join Us at Wicked Weed for Beer & Bites!

Join Pisgah Legal Services for a fun lunch at Wicked Weed featuring beer and snacks. See the invitation below for details. RSVP to Betsy at 828-210-3444 or betsy@pisgahlegal.org.


Marian Wright Edelman Talks Child Poverty

Read about Marian Wright Edelman’s appearance in Asheville at PLS’ 6th Annual Poverty Forum in this article in the Citizen-Times. Story by Beth Walton, photo by Jesse Kitt. See photos and a link to a video of the Forum here.


A Lawyer Can Be A Child’s Best Advocate

Long-time Pisgah Legal supporter and former Board Chair Eleanor Owen speaks to the importance of civil legal aid in the battle against child poverty in the Citizen-Times guest column. Read it here.