About the Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Desmond will return as our 2023 Justice Forum speaker. Desmond last joined Pisgah Legal in front of a sell-out crowd at our 2017 Forum.

About the Justice Forum

Pisgah Legal’s Justice Forum will be held at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville on Tuesday, October 17th. There will be a ticketed, pre-event reception at 5:30pm followed by the free Justice Forum at 7:00pm. There will be an option for live-streaming for those that prefer to join virtually. Ticket sales and registration will be available in mid-August.

Sponsor the Justice Forum

We invite business 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.


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