• Photo by Matt Burkhartt

    Local Immigrants Fear Deportation

    In this Citizen-Times story, immigrants in our mountain region express their fear and frustration about being forced to leave the United States, their families, and the lives they have made here. Shoshana Fried, Pisgah Legal attorney and director of the Justice for All Program, also weighs in.

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  • Volunteering Can Lift Your Spirits, Help Others

    Winter Got You Down?

    Did you know that volunteering can improve mood, lower stress and improve self-esteem? Pisgah Legal works with volunteers from all walks of life, wonderful people who want to get involved and help their community. Find out more!

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  • More Folks Helped in Half the Time!

    Despite having a MUCH shorter enrollment period, Pisgah Legal Services helped even more people in WNC enroll in ACA health insurance than last year. They included Wesley who hadn’t had insurance in five years. Watch the full WLOS story here.

    Did you miss the Dec. 15 deadline? If you get married, have a child, move or lose your insurance you may qualify for a special enrollment.  

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  • Impossible Choices: Housing or Domestic Violence

    What’s the relationship between domestic violence and homelessness? Find out in WNC Woman Magazine which features the work of Pisgah Legal Services.

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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 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

Our Global Table Event

A Benefit to Help our Immigrant Neighbors Join us January 20 as we transform Habitat Tavern & Commons (174 Broadway St.) to an international food court for an afternoon. Sample a passport’s worth of international flavor, made lovingly by our…


The 2017 Winter Newsletter is Here!

The new newsletter is hitting mail boxes this week, but you can read it first here. It includes Melissa’s story, a Pisgah Legal client who went from being almost homeless to now being a homeowner, a message from our Executive…


Last Chance Events, Final Days for ACA Open Enrollment

The Affordable Care Act is still the law and consumers can shop the Marketplace during the shortened Open Enrollment period to select 2018 coverage. Time is running out as plan selections have to be made by December 15th in order…