• Thank you!

    Giving Tuesday Goal Met, Exceeded

    Thanks to you and our generous sponsors, we exceeded our goal for Giving Tuesday! With your help, we are raising much-needed funds to continue to provide access to justice here in WNC.

    Learn More
  • Free Help Signing Up

    Get Covered for 2023

    Open Enrollment for ACA health insurance through Healthcare.gov is happening now through Jan. 15. Make an appointment for free with a Pisgah Legal trained Navigator to explore the best options for you and your family.

    Learn More
  • 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.

    Learn More
  • Afghan Asylum Project

    A Race Against Time

    Asylum is the only path to lawful permanent status for many Afghan evacuees, and they must apply within one year of arriving in the U.S. Read about dozens of clients who fled the Taliban, came to WNC and need Pisgah Legal to continue to stay in the U.S.

    Learn More Mountain Xpress Story
  • North Carolinians Suffer Needlessly

    Why should Medicaid be expanded in North Carolina? Read about Chett, a Pisgah Legal client who battles MS, and this op-ed by Pisgah Legal Executive Director Jim Barrett published early this year.

    Chett's Story Citizen-Times Op-Ed
  • A Great Way to Give

    Pisgah Legal is pleased to be featured again this year in Mountain Xpress' Give! Local Guide as one of the top social justice nonprofits in our area. Visit their guide to give online or give online directly with Pisgah Legal. It's all good!

    Give! Local Website Give via Pisgah Legal Website
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.

Donate Now

Donate Now

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

Apply Online

Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2021
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2021
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2021

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

WLOS Spotlight Carolina features Pisgah Legal’s Open Enrollment services

Do you need quality, affordable health insurance? Pisgah Legal COO Jackie Kiger recently spoke with WLOS about how Pisgah Legal’s certified Navigators help people in Western North Carolina enroll in health care plans on the Healthcare.gov Marketplace. Watch the Spotlight...


Settlement Reached in NC Medicaid Terminations Case

A settlement was reached on October 14, 2022, subject to court approval, in Franklin v. Kinsley, formerly known as Hawkins v. Cohen.  The federal class action lawsuit was filed in 2017 by Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the National Health Law...


Pisgah Legal’s free ACA enrollment help featured on WLOS

Open Enrollment is here and Pisgah Legal Services is offering free Healthcare.gov Marketplace enrollment assistance! People in 18 Western North Carolina counties can get free help finding and enrolling in a quality, affordable health insurance plan. This year, 4 out...