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    Jazz for Justice on April 2nd

    We hope you will join us for the upcoming Jazz for Justice celebration April 2nd at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Who's being honored and what's in store? Find out more, and get your ticket today.

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  • In the citizen-times

    Struggling Dad Finds Help At Pisgah Legal Services

    Many area families are on the verge of homelessness. In this story, read how this father got the legal guidance and charitable support needed for him and his son to avoid eviction.

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  • It's Tax Time

    Do You Qualify to Get Money Back?

    The Earned Income Tax Program at Pisgah Legal provides FREE tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers for qualifying families with a gross household income of $55,000 or less. The EITC allows more working people and their families to keep more of their hard-earned money, and we can help! Call 828-210-3785 to get screened or find out more.

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    Asheville Affordable Housing Guide

    Pisgah Legal Services is pleased to work with the City of Asheville to promote the need for and development of affordable housing. This new guide has just been released. Access it here or read about a new Community Land Trust that will create permanent affordable housing in our Winter Newsletter.

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  • important News

    NC Medicaid Managed Care On Hold

    The NC General Assembly has adjourned without providing the budget/authority for the planned transition to Medicaid managed care. Managed care will NOT go live on Feb. 1, 2020. If you have Medicaid, your benefits are still in place, and you may continue seeing your current providers without a disruption in service. Call us if you have questions, and learn more from Pisgah Legal COO Jackie Kiger in this BPR story.

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  • Medical-Legal Partnerships

    Did you know a Pisgah Legal attorney works on the MAHEC campus as part of a special medical-legal partnership to address patients' needs? Find out more by watching this WLOS story or read more here.

    WLOS Health Alert Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Thank You for Your Support!

    More than 1,000 Attend Justice Forum

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Immigration Rights Activist Jose Antonio Vargas impressed and inspired at this year's Justice Forum. Who was there? What was said? Read all about it.

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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?

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    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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Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2019
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2019
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2019

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

PLS Staff Attorney Appointed President of Buncombe County Bar

In a time when divisiveness seems to be rampant, Pisgah Legal attorney and current Buncombe County Bar President Anne Salter is proud of her fellow Bar members and the culture of civility and cooperation that exists between them. “Even though...


PLS E.D. Jim Barrett featured in Journey Across the 100

PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett was one of 3 Buncombe County citizens featured in Journey Across the 100, a listening tour by the Raleigh News & Observer. Reporters talked with people about their concerns as the 2020 election approaches. Watch...


Seeking Safety Lunch and Learn in Transylvania County

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 12 PM – 1:15 PM St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 256 East Main Street Brevard, NC 28712 Learn how local advocates are working together to keep our community safe from domestic abuse in Transylvania County. Join Pisgah...