• Save the Date

    Mark Your Calendar for October 3rd

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Jose Antonio Vargas is this year's keynote speaker for Pisgah Legal's annual Justice Forum. Tickets go on sale August 15th.

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    Mark Your Calendar for October 3rd
  • Great News!

    Pisgah Legal Opens New Office

    A new office in Spruce Pine will allow folks in Mitchell and Yancey counties to get the free legal help they need.

    Details here
  • Sunday, July 21st

    Our Global Table

    Enjoy fantastic food from around the world at this benefit to support Pisgah Legal's immigration work. Tickets on sale now.

    Find out more
  • From Carolina Public Press

    Resource for Foreclosure Prevention Ending

    Local people who are on the verge of losing their homes will soon be without an important resource. Read more in this Carolina Public Press story featuring Pisgah Legal clients and Senior Staff Attorney Bill Whalen.

    Read the Story
  • Thank You!

    Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Work

    Did you know that approximately 300 local attorneys volunteer their services free of charge to help Pisgah Legal clients? Find out more about these four lawyers who were recently honored for their outstanding and selfless service.

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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
  • 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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  • Welcome Additions

    New Faces this Summer

    Law clerks and intern will gain valuable experience this summer at Pisgah Legal Services.

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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

Threats of ICE Raids Put Immigrant Community on Edge

President Donald Trump put out a call for a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally. This put the immigration community and their advocates on high alert to be prepared for a crisis. WLOS...


Pisgah Legal Opens Office in Spruce Pine

People in Mitchell and Yancey counties now have access to free civil legal aid with the opening of a new Pisgah Legal Services’ (PLS) office this summer in Spruce Pine. PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett says, “Our mission is to...


Lunch and Learn on PLS Community Economic Development

12:00 pm Thursday, August 1st Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church 789 Merrimon Ave, Asheville NC 28804 Have you ever wondered how improving access to affordable housing or providing a worker-owned cooperative with legal services can impact a community? Find out this...