• October 14-31

    East Fork Fundraiser

    You can support Pisgah Legal's work to stop domestic and sexual violence in WNC by entering to win one or more of these beautiful vases by East Fork Pottery. Thank you, East Fork!

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  • Major Funding Cuts Threaten Domestic Violence Programs

    Pisgah Legal and other local nonprofits just learned important grant funds have been lost, but we are committed to providing these critically important services. We need your help today!

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  • A great night!

    Justice Forum Success

    Thanks for your support of our 11th Annual Justice Forum with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the health and social justice advocate who exposed the Flint water crisis. If you missed the Forum, you can watch a recording of the event until October 22 using the link below.

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  • Medicaid Has Changed in NC

    The NC Medicaid Ombudsman helps Medicaid beneficiaries solve problems with coverage and care.

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  • We Are Hiring!

    Have a passion for social justice? Want to work for a dynamic and fast-paced nonprofit? Check out these job opportunities at Pisgah Legal Services.

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  • Eviction Moratorium Ended

    The Supreme Court has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority, thus ending the eviction moratorium. Evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 can go forward. Contact Pisgah Legal if you need help staying housed. Rental assistance resources also found at link below.

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  • 2020 Annual Report

    Live in Hope, Fight for Justice

    How does Pisgah Legal serve people in the middle of a pandemic, and what difference can legal aid make for folks in crisis? Read personal stories of courage and learn more in the 2020 Annual Report.

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    Attend a Justice Matters Tour

    Be a part of the next virtual Justice Matters Tour of Pisgah Legal. We’ll examine the needs in our mountain region, discuss how civil legal aid can be an effective anti-poverty tool and share how Pisgah Legal is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • COVID Relief and Other Resources

    Find out more about unemployment insurance benefits, eviction/foreclosure moratoriums, food assistance and more.

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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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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? Apply online or call (828)253-0406 or toll-free at (800)489-6144

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Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2020
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2020
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2020

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

We cannot turn our backs on survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse

Recently, area nonprofits learned of drastic funding cuts to services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. Close to two million dollars will be cut from local nonprofits beginning October 1, 2021- cuts that could...


Anticipated Surge in Evictions Down for Now

Pisgah Legal housing attorney David Bartholomew recently spoke to Caitlyn Penter from WLOS about the unexpected low numbers of evictions since the eviction moratorium ended three weeks ago. “The docket this week in Buncombe County is pretty close to what...


Ask Buncombe County Commissioners to use ARPA funds to help survivors of domestic abuse

Leaders from Helpmate, Pisgah Legal Services and The Mediation Center  spoke to WLOS about the millions of dollars cut from federal grant funding that is used to support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. They are asking Buncombe...