• Help Us Help Immigrants Now

    Recent raids by ICE have many in WNC’s immigrant community living in fear, others wondering how they can help. Generous donors have issued a $40,000 challenge to raise funds for Pisgah Legal Services’ immigration work. Make a gift today to the “Justice for All” program and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

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  • What A Fun Night!

    A Fantastic 40-Year Celebration

    More than 400 supporters and friends gathered for the Jazz for Justice Celebration on April 11 and paid tribute to those who make this important work possible.

    What Happened?
  • Read about it in The New York Times

    Desmond Creates Database of Evictions in U.S.

    The Princeton sociologist who spoke at last year’s PLS Poverty Forum has created the first nationwide database that tracks evictions – using 83 million records so far. Greensboro ranks 7th highest in the nation.

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  • Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary!

    Highlights of the Past 40 Years

    A lot has happened over Pisgah Legal’s 40-year history. Here are a few highlights of the work you make possible to increase access to justice and to improve life in Western North Carolina. 

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  • Living Without Retirement Savings

    For many, the dream of retiring is just that – a  dream. Many seniors must continue to work in their “golden years” just to survive. As Baby Boomers age the problem is only getting worse. 

    Read It in The Atlantic
  • New Debtor Rights Project for Madison County

    This new Pisgah Legal project helps shield low-income clients, like Martha, from aggressive debt collectors and protects exempt income so they can cover their basic needs. Martha says, “I was at the point where it was pay the credit card bills or eat. Pay the credit card bills or have my medication.”

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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.


Donate Now

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 2017



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2017



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2017

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

Pisgah Legal marks 40 years of fighting for justice – for all

Read this opinion piece in the Asheville Citizen-Times by PLS Board President Lee Anne Mangone.


Thank You Chiesa!

Thank you to Chiesa for choosing Pisgah Legal Services to be April’s Comunity Box recipient! Come on down to their cozy neigborhood restaurant, enjoy hommade pasta, and make a donation to help improve lives of low-income folks in WNC. Chiesa will match…


2017 Annual Report is here!

40th Anniversary Annual Report is here and will be arriving in the mail soon.    Read it here first.