• Thursday, April 25th

    Immigration Lunch & Learn

    Join us to learn about the struggles immigrants are facing in WNC and how Pisgah Legal Services can help. This event is part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism week.

    Details here
  • Friday, May 3rd

    Coffee for a Cause: Java for Justice

    We hope you will join us for our annual Java for Justice fundraiser at area coffee shops. Special thanks to Paramount Kia of Asheville and Asheville Radio Group for making this event possible.

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  • Fighting Evictions On the Front Lines

    A new program to help people who are on the verge of homelessness positions Pisgah Legal staff and volunteer attorneys just outside Buncombe County eviction court. Find out more in this Citizen-Times story or listen to WUNC's The State of Things Podcast.

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  • More than Ever Before

    Last year Pisgah Legal Services helped more people in WNC than ever before - more than 16,800 of those in need. Read more about how legal aid can change the lives of people on the verge of homelessness, those escaping domestic violence and many more.

    2018 Annual Report
  • What a Fun Evening!

    Pisgah Legal's Jazz for Justice Celebration

    What happened and who was honored? View the photo gallery and get the details.

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  • See for Yourself

    What Difference Does Legal Aid Make?

    A lawyer's intervention can keep a family's difficult situation from spiraling into a tragedy. How?

    Watch This Video
    What Difference Does Legal Aid Make?
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? Call (828)253-0406 or toll-free at (800)489-6144


Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2018
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2018
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2018

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

Pisgah Legal’s Housing Work Featured on WUNC’s The State of Things

Pisgah Legal Managing Attorney Robin Merrell was interviewed on the public radio broadcast, The State of Things, where she discussed the housing and eviction crisis in Western North Carolina, and how free legal aid is instrumental in providing solutions to...


Volunteer Profile: Adriana, on a path to change the world

Meet Adriana, an 18 year-old volunteer at Pisgah Legal who goes to school full-time, works part-time and volunteers as an office helper at PLS and teen court attorney. “I want to be able to look back 5 or 10 years...


Evictions remain high in Buncombe County despite booming economy

Over 2000 evictions were filed last year- many for nonpayment of rent. Pisgah Legal created its Tenant Eviction Response Program (TERP) to help tenants navigate the complex eviction system. Two attorneys set up a table outside eviction court to assist...