Join Pisgah Legal on Tuesday, October 17th for our 13th Annual Justice Forum, featuring Matthew Desmond. The event will take place at the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena – UNC Asheville. The evening includes a ticketed, pre-event reception followed by the free Forum with Desmond as the keynote speaker. The evening concludes with Desmond in conversation with Pisgah Legal staff, including Q&A. Multiple ticket and registration options are available below.

Questions? Registering a larger group? Contact Michelle Spiegel at 828-210-3773 or [email protected].

Pre-Event Reception & Forum – $125

Join Pisgah Legal supporters and community members, with special appearance by Matthew Desmond, at the ticketed pre-event reception starting at 5:30 pm in UNC Asheville’s Mountain View Room inside the Kimmel Arena. The Justice Forum will be held in Kimmel Arena starting at 7 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages included at the reception. Optional fees apply for tickets purchased online.


Justice Forum at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena – FREE

This year’s Justice Forum will take place at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena starting at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. All are welcome to this free event; registration required. You may register yourself and up to four guests using the link below.


Justice Forum Watch Party in Brevard, Franklin or Spruce Pine – FREE

Not in Asheville? Not a problem! Attend a regional watch party to view a livestream of the Justice Forum with community members in either Brevard, Franklin or Spruce Pine. Light food and drink provided. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Forum livestream will start at 7 pm. Click the button below to register and to select your location. You may register yourself and up to four guests using the link below.

Brevard – St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Miller Hall (256 E. Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712) Questions? Email [email protected]

Franklin – Macon County Public Library (149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734) Questions? Email [email protected].

Spruce Pine – Cross Street Commerce Center (31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, NC 28777) Questions? Email [email protected]


Justice Forum Virtual Livestream – FREE

Tune in to the Justice Forum virtually via the Zoom livestream. Livestream will begin at 6:45 pm, with the Forum starting at 7 pm. (Note: The livestream will not be recorded.) Click the button below to register.

Register for Virtual Forum

Sponsorship Opportunities still available!

We invite businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals and families, to support this event through a sponsorship. Sponsoring Pisgah Legal’s signature event is a powerful way to demonstrate your commitment for making our community a more just and equitable place to live. Click here to learn more or contact Lori Nierzwick at 828-818-5474.

Photo of 2023 Justice Forum Speaker, Matthew Desmond.
MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist, Matthew Desmond, was launched onto the national stage as an expert on contemporary American poverty with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Desmond’s latest book, the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Poverty, by America, investigates why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology and the founder and principal investigator of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Learn more about Matthew Desmond

Thanks to our 2023 Justice Forum Sponsors

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