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    2020 Justice Forum on Oct. 1st

    Sign up today to join us for our 10th Annual Justice Forum with special guest speaker Clint Smith. The event will be held online for the first time.

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  • Evictions Resume As Courts Reopen

    Pisgah Legal Managing Attorney Robin Merrell is speaking out on what the future holds for local people who are facing evictions during the pandemic, and what can be done to avoid a homelessness crisis.

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  • An Important Message from Pisgah Legal Services

    Pisgah Legal Services is continuing to serve clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, people will have legal needs related to shelter, safety and economic security, and we are committed to meeting those needs. At the same time, we are taking steps to limit community spread and ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors.

  • Resources for You

    Pisgah Legal has compiled a list of resources to assist you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have questions about housing, evictions, debt, domestic violence or family law issues? Review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here and get the answers you need.

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    Together We Rise

    Learn more about the ways in which Pisgah Legal Services is changing lives here in WNC by providing free, civil legal aid to those who need us most.

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    Together We Rise

    Struggling Dad Finds Help At Pisgah Legal Services

    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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  • What Difference Can 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 Can Legal Aid Make?
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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 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

Only 2 Weeks Away From Justice Forum

We are only 2 weeks away from our 10th Annual Justice Forum (online), featuring writer, poet and educator Clint Smith Ph.D. on Thursday, Oct. 1. Clint will bring his perspective on racial and social justice and help us understand how...


Pisgah Legal’s Jim Barrett Discusses Eviction Moratorium

Pisgah Legal’s Executive Director, Jim Barrett, discusses the federal eviction moratorium with the Ashevill-Citizen Times, calling it a welcome step but not a solution. “I hope this so-called moratorium buys some time, but if you think about it, it expires...


Pisgah Legal’s Fall Newsletter

Read about Pisgah Legal’s 10th Annual Justice Forum, how our Community & Economic Development (CED) program is partnering with businesses and nonprofits to provide housing and economic access for the community, and Pisgah Legal’s internal work to promote a culture...