• Tickets on Sale Aug. 15

    “Evicted” Poverty Forum Sept. 28

    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of “Evicted” Matthew Desmond will speak about the relationship between housing and poverty at the 7th Annual PLS Poverty Forum. 

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  • Thank You!

    2017 Pro Bono Attorney Awards

    Four outstanding attorneys were recently honored for generously donating their time and legal skills to help Pisgah Legal clients.

    Who Are They?
  • Affordable Care Act Drives Down Bankruptcy

    Did you know that medical debt is the single largest factor in personal bankruptcy? Check out this Consumer Reports story on how the ACA has cut the number of filings by half.

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  • Clerks Assist Attorneys, Gain Experience

    Law Clerks Get Hands-On Experience

    Law school students are spending their summers learning about poverty law at Pisgah Legal and helping people who need legal aid.

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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 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

Wicked Weed Makes Generous Gift

This week Rick Guthy, one of the founders of Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, presented Pisgah Legal Services with a check for $50,000.  “We want to sincerely thank the Guthy family and Wicked Weed for their extremely generous gift,” said…


Legal Aid Funding in Jeopardy

The North Carolina House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has passed a provision in the 2017 budget entitled “Eliminate Access to Civil Justice Funds.” If enacted as written, this provision would eliminate $1.7 million in combined funding for Pisgah Legal Services,…


Sensibilities Cares for Pisgah Legal

Treat yourself – for a great cause! On Tuesday, June 6th Sensibilities Day Spa is hosting Pisgah Legal Day. Twenty percent of services booked or enjoyed that day – as well as purchases (including gift certificates) made in their Downtown…