• Don't Miss This!

    New Location for Forum with Marian Wright Edelman

    Tickets are BACK ON SALE to see the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund in Asheville October 5 as the keynote speaker for Pisgah Legal’s 6th Annual Poverty Forum. The event will now be held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the US Cellular Center.

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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.”

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  • 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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  • Buncombe County

    Family Justice Center Opens

    Pisgah Legal Services is one of the partner agencies in this new resource that consolidates services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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  • Legal Aid Critical for Homeless Vets

    According to a new study from the Department of Veterans Affairs, at least five out of the top 10 problems leading to homelessness among veterans cannot be solved without legal help. Read about it in The Washington Post.

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  • Racial & Ethnic Disparities Growing

    NC Infant Mortality Linked to Access to Healthcare

    One in five women of child-bearing age in NC are uninsured, and the infant mortality rate has plateaued. More than half fall in the health insurance coverage “gap”: their incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid and too low to afford private health care.

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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


For Attorneys: Nov. 18 CLE

Current Civil Legal Topics & Poverty Law Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar will host a CLE program November 18th from 8:30am – 3:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Asheville. The CLE will train volunteer…


The Fall Newsletter is Here!

What does it mean for a child to grow up in poverty? What is the Family Justice Center? These questions and more are answered in the 2016 Fall Newsletter. Check out the newsletter online to learn about Marian Wright Edelman, our…


The Destructive Impact of NC’s Inadequate Minimum Wage

More than 120,000 North Carolinians earned at or below the minimum wage last year. Too many people are struggling just to get by. Read about it in an article by Patrick McHugh, a Policy Analyst at the North Carolina Budget…