• Racial & Ethnic Disparities Growing

    NC Infant Mortality Linked to Access to Healthcare

    The new report finds 1 in 5 women of child-bearing age in NC are uninsured the problem is even worse in WNC — and the infant mortality rate has plateaued. More than half of these women 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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    Get Covered College Grads

    Many graduates will have to make decisions about their health coverage for the first time as they leave college. If you are a recent grad, or a parent of one, here’s what you need to know…

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    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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  • Wednesday, October 5th

    Marian Wright Edelman: Keynote Speaker for Poverty Forum

    The Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund comes to Asheville this October as the keynote speaker for Pisgah Legal’s 6th Annual Poverty Forum.

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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.




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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


Volunteer Open House

Please join us on Friday, July 22 at 3:00 pm for a Pisgah Legal Services Volunteer Open House. The event will be held at the Asheville office, located at 62 Charlotte Street. At the open house, our Volunteer Coordinator will…


Who Is Lucky Enough to Receive Help?

For people living in poverty, how much of getting help with your housing is simply pure luck? How does the housing lottery system work? And why is housing treated differently? Listen to this podcast on NPR’s Planet Money.


Summer Newsletter 2016

How did a local woman and her young son escape homelessness with help from Pisgah Legal Services? Which attorneys were recently recognized for their outstanding pro bono work? Who was honored at the Jazz for Justice celebration? All of these…