• Congratulations!

    Jaclyn Kiger Named New Executive Director

    After an extensive search, Jaclyn “Jackie” Kiger has been appointed the new Executive Director for Pisgah Legal Services.

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  • Thank you, Jim!

    Celebrating Jim Barrett

    After 41 years, Jim Barrett, Pisgah Legal's long-time executive director, will retire this August. Make a gift to the endowment that has been created in his honor and send your well wishes online.

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    2024 Justice Forum Announced

    Plan to join us for our 14th Annual Justice Forum on October 10th featuring Marielena Hincapié, a nationally respected legal and political strategist in the social justice movement, and a leading voice in the national conversation on immigration.

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  • Trans and Queer Health Project

    Pisgah Legal Services is a safe space where trained staff can help people identify health insurance plans that are right for them and understand options for accessing gender-affirming care.

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  • Please Give Today

    Funding Cuts Threaten Services

    Pisgah Legal is experiencing severe cuts to federal funding for its programs that stop domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. Without replacement funds, we fear we will have to reduce services for local survivors in the coming year. Find out more in these news stories below, and please support this life-saving work!

    WLOS Story Citizen Times Op-Ed
  • 2023 Annual Report

    We are Rising to the Challenge

    Read Pisgah Legal's most recent annual report and learn about how we are changing lives in WNC thanks to you, our supporters, funders and friends.

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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.

Do you need help from Pisgah Legal Services? Apply online or call (828)253-0406 or toll-free at (800)489-6144

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Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2023
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2023
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2023

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil are Co-Chairs of the PLS Endowment Campaign. Phil is a retired 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 20 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

Jim Barrett’s Retirement Bash

Join us for an evening of fun and celebration to honor Jim’s legacy and the vital work of Pisgah Legal. Learn More


Jackie Kiger, Pisgah Legal’s Chief Operations Officer, shares insights on Medicaid expansion in the Mountain Xpress

PLS COO Jackie Kiger recently appeared in the Mountain Xpress sharing insights on Medicaid expansion. “Dec. 1 was a huge, important day for the state of North Carolina and for so many people that have been waiting for Medicaid. Here...


Impact Report 2023

Want to see the impact of your support? The 2023 Impact Report shows the results of Pisgah Legal’s work to provide free civil legal aid, anti-poverty advocacy and access to health care to people with low incomes across our region....