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    On September 28 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond will speak about the relationship between unstable housing and poverty at the 7th Annual PLS Poverty Forum. (Michael Kienitz photo)

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    2017 Pro Bono Attorney Awards

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

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  • 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.


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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

Asheville Citizen-Times features the 2017 Poverty Forum

The 2017 Poverty Forum features Princeton sociologist and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Dr. Matthew Desmond and discusses affordable housing issues in WNC. Jennifer Bowman recently featured the Poverty Forum in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Click here to read the article.   *Photo…


WUNC Politics Podcast Talks Legal Aid Cuts and PLS

Last week, the WUNC Politics Podcast featured Jeremy Loeb from Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR). The conversation turned to state cuts of legal aid funding which are affecting Pisgah Legal Services. Listen to the podcast here, starting at the 18:20…


Aug. 9 CLE for Attorneys

Upcoming CLE: Legal Remedies for Domestic Violence Victims   Details: Wed, August 9th, 8:30-1:15 at Roberts & Stevens, PA, 301 College Street, Suite 400, Asheville, 28801 The MAVL DV/Family Law Team and Pisgah Legal Services will host a CLE on…