The Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program

Volunteer Attorneys Are Improving Lives. They are preventing homelessness, stopping domestic violence and securing income, health care and other essential resources for low-income people. 

Pisgah Legal Services is only able to improve the lives of more than 14,000 low-income people annually because of the generous pro bono contributions of volunteer lawyers through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers (MAVL) Program. 

MAVL is a pro bono referral program made up of more than 300 active private attorneys who volunteer their services to help meet the need for civil law representation of low-income residents of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties.

MAVL was formed in 1983 under the sponsorship of the North Carolina Bar Association and in cooperation with Pisgah Legal Services (PLS).The program  is governed by an Advisory Board consisting of private attorneys from each county and client eligible representatives. Pisgah Legal Services screens and refers clients to MAVL attorneys.

MAVL is celebrating more than 30 years of helping people through volunteerism. In 2013 alone, volunteer MAVL attorneys donated 3,085 professional hours to help PLS clients meet their basic needs, a service modestly valued at $462,771. Check out this list of more than 750 attorneys who have volunteered through the MAVL program over the years.

This video features some of our wonderful MAVL attorneys.

On April 9, 2014, the attorneys pictured below were honored for their pro bono work at a meeting of the 28th Judicial District (Buncombe County) Bar at the Venue in downtown Asheville. They were nominated for annual awards sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) to recognize volunteer attorneys who provide exemplary pro bono service to low-income people.

2014 Pro Bono Awards 

Pictured (L-R): Shannan Barclay Tuorto, Joshua Harrold, Rod Kight, Vic Garlock, and Bryant Webster.

The 28th Judicial District Bar and Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) co-sponsored the nominations of attorneys: Victor C. Garlock, Victor C. Garlock, P.A.; D. Rodney Kight, Kight Law; and Bryant D. Webster, Stone & Christy, P.A., for the NCBA’s 2014 William L. Thorp Pro Bono Service Award.  PLS and the Bar nominated Shannan Barclay Tuorto, Ingrid Friesen, P.A., and Joshua W. Harrold, Law Office of Joshua W. Harrold, for the Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award. 


For more information or to join MAVL, contact Ky Delaney, at or 210-3779 or click here.



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