• Tickets on Sale Aug. 15th

    Making Ends Meet: Women and Poverty in WNC

    Join us on October 4 to hear Dr. Kathryn Edin speak about the relationship between women and poverty at the 8th Annual Poverty Forum. Kathryn Edin is a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and author of “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.”

  • Your Gift Will Be Matched!

    Help Undocumented Children Today!

    Did you know that Pisgah Legal assists unaccompanied minors that are placed with relatives or foster families in WNC?  They are families like Magdalena and her little sister, Elizabeth. 

    Read Their Story
  • Grant Funds PLS Work $15,000/year for Three Years

    Working Together to Stop Abuse and Violence

    Pisgah Legal is pleased to be a part of a collaborative which – with generous support from the Women for Women Giving Circle of CFWNC – will work to address and prevent domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse. Read more in the Citizen-Times. (Citizen-Times photo) 

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  • More than $8,000 Raised!

    From the Mountains to the Sea

    Anchor QEA engineer and cyclist Tony Hauser bikes from Asheville, NC to Charleston, SC in less than 24-hours to support Pisgah Legal Services.

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  • Summer Interns Get Hands-On Experience

    College and law school students are spending their summers learning about poverty law at Pisgah Legal and helping people in need.

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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 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

Amplify Pisgah – July 27

Join us for a fun summer concert at Pisgah Brewing’s outdoor stage! Thanks to Amplify My Community and Pisgah Brewing Company, Amplify Pisgah is back this summer on July 27. Enjoy a beer, relax in the shade, and have some fun seeing The…


Families Belong Together

PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett spoke at a recent rally where more than 1,000 people gathered in Asheville to protest family separation and the government’s zero tolerance immigration policy. Read all about it in this Mountain Xpress story. (Mountain Xpress…


An Unvarnished Look at Affordable Housing

Did you know that three-quarters of households are so poor that they qualify for government-subsidized housing but cannot get it due to lack of government funding? And when people pay too much for housing compared to their income, they don’t…