MAVL: The Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program

Join the hundreds of generous and compassionate private attorneys who are making a difference in the lives of their neighbors in need of free civil legal aid in WNC. Last year approximately 300 area attorneys volunteered 3,176 hours to help Pisgah Legal’s low-income clients. Those hours of service are valued at more than $794,000 in services. Thank you, MAVL Attorneys!

Volunteer attorneys are changing lives in our region—addressing housing crises and preventing homelessness, stopping domestic violence, securing access to health care, and helping low-income people with consumer protection, end-of-life planning, debt management, and other pressing issues.

There are many ways to volunteer, including accepting referrals to provide representation to Pisgah Legal’s low-income clients, providing legal advice through our pro bono legal hotline, or helping with periodic legal clinics.

Participating as a volunteer attorney in the MAVL Program is a great way to help people in need, develop expertise and contacts that can benefit your own law practice, and connect with your colleagues in the bar.

North Carolina ethics guidelines suggest that attorneys in our state aspire to provide 50 hours of pro bono services to people who cannot afford an attorney. We know you’re busy and we want to make pro bono service easy, effective and meaningful! Pisgah Legal Services does an initial intake with the clients we refer through the MAVL program to help ensure that they meet income eligibility guidelines and have a priority legal need.

MAVL members select the types of cases they will accept, and review proposed case referrals prior to accepting a client for representation.

Interested in joining MAVL or learning more?
Complete our MAVL Volunteer Application online or contact Katie Russell Miller via email or call 828-210-3420.

Please Complete Case Closure Forms for Your MAVL Cases

We are so grateful for your pro bono service! When you close a case please complete a case closure form using one of the links below. If we don’t receive this form, we don’t have any record of the volunteer time you’ve spent on the case or the great outcomes you secure for our clients.

We need that information to satisfy requirements for our funders, report the impact of pro bono service to the local community and our donors, and recognize the outstanding generosity of the legal community. Please take a moment to complete the form for each case you close. Thank you!

Domestic Violence/50B Case Closure Report – Complete this form to report your pro bono hours and the result of the concluded case.

Landlord/Tenant Case Closure Report – Complete this form to report your pro bono hours and the result of the concluded case. We would like to hear how you have helped achieve meaningful results for your client and about your own experiences during the case.

General Case Closure Form – Use this form to report pro bono services provided to clients referred through the MAVL program on cases other than domestic violence or landlord tenant cases.

Self Reporting Form – Use this form to report pro bono services provided to low-income clients outside of the MAVL program.

Questions about any of the forms? Please contact MAVL contact Tara Carr, MAVL Coordinator, at 828-210-3418.


MAVL Staff

Katie Russell Miller, Interim MAVL Program Director and PLS Director of Community Engagement, can be reached via email or by phone: 828-210-3420. Please contact Katie if you are interested in learning more about volunteering or have suggestions for the MAVL program.

For questions about referrals, reporting and ongoing cases, contact Tara Carr, MAVL Coordinator at 828-210-3418.

For questions regarding case screening, Hotline and Lifeline, contact MAVL Legal Screener/MAVL Coordinator Kristianna Bartow at 828-210-3427.