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    Oct. 14 Poverty Forum

    Please join us at Pisgah Legal’s 5th Annual Poverty Forum where health care visionary Dr. Rishi Manchanda will lead a community conversation about the connection between health and poverty.

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    Poverty & Health: Joined at the Hip

    In a recent Huffington Post article, Ellen Lawton writes, “[W]e must remember that health does not exist in a vacuum separate from wealth, from the laws we write, from the systems we create to protect our citizens, or from the injustices that exist in each of these things.”

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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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Our Impact on Western North Carolina



people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2014



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2014



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2014

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil Smith 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.

Yolanda Bopp

Yolanda is a beloved Latina leader in the region. She helps low-income immigrants meet their most basic needs, and has been a legal assistant for PLS since 2002.

Don & Marjorie Locke

Don and Marjorie are local activists in Asheville and long-time supporters of PLS. Don is also former President of the PLS Board of Directors.

Tom Siekman

Tom is a board member of Pisgah Legal Services. A retired corporate lawyer, he also volunteers as a MAVL attorney providing advice to clients on Pisgah’s Hotline.

Ray Reiser

Ray is a retired attorney who volunteers each week to prevent unlawful evictions and foreclosures and help clients with consumer issues.

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President Obama recently issued a presidential memorandum formally establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). LAIR was initially conceived of and staffed by the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. The White House memorandum makes permanent…