Seeking Junior Associate Attorney/Lawyer

Modern, Downtown firm seeking full time Junior Associate Attorney Lawyer Position


-Be able to handle a busy workload and must be mindful of details.
-Must be ready to multitask and work well under pressure.
-Professional dress and attitude are always required.
-Must be punctual, eager and hungry to be part of a busy law firm.
-Must be an excellent communicator and a fast learner.
-A valid drivers license and personal vehicle are required.
-Must be able to type.
-Must be able to work with other offices in coordinating client projects.

Legal field experience is preferred, but not required. Successful applicant will be trained to handle the various tasks required of them. More importantly, applicant must have intelligence, a great attitude, and be a team player.

Pay negotiable based on experience + bonuses. Long term pay to be negotiated based on performance.

Please send a cover letter and a resume, along with an estimate of when you would be available to start to Interviews are happening now.

Legal Services Funding in Jeopardy!


The North Carolina House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has passed a provision in the 2017 Budget entitled “Eliminate Access to Civil Justice Funds.”  If enacted as written, this provision would eliminate approximately $1.7 million in combined funding for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services. Eliminating Access to Civil Justice Funds would cause drastic reductions in legal aid agencies’ services to those most in need, undermining equal access to justice for North Carolina citizens.

The budget process in the General Assembly is moving very fast. The House passed its budget on Friday. The Senate budget passed earlier last month made no changes to legal aid funding.  The budget will now go to conference between the two bodies to reconcile differences.  We ask that you contact your representatives and senators in the North Carolina legislature today, as well as other legislators whom you know personally, and ask them to maintain full funding for legal aid services.

Please contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services if you have questions or would like more information, (828) 210-3444 or


Paralegal/Legal Assistant needed

Attorney Leah Broker is seeking an experienced workers’ compensation or Social Security disability paralegal/legal assistant beginning June 30, 2017. Salary and schedule to be determined based upon the experience and availability of the candidate. Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to:

Experienced Real Estate Paralegal

Downtown law firm seeking real estate paralegal with minimum of three years’ experience. This position requires experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including title and survey, preparing closing binders, conducting real estate closings, reviewing diligence materials and the general coordination of all aspects of commercial real estate closings. Softpro experience a plus. Candidate must have strong communication and multi-tasking skills. Competitive compensation DOE, medical, dental, vacation and holidays. Send resume to No phone calls, please. EOE

Healthcare & Public Benefits Law Attorney – Job Posting

Healthcare & Public Benefits Law Attorney and HIFS Program Director

Substantive Law/Legal Representation

• Primarily represent clients in cases in specialty area of healthcare and public benefits law through both the administrative and state/federal legal systems;
a. Public Benefits law includes but is not limited to: Work First Family Assistance (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); Food and Nutritional Services (food stamps and WIC).
b. Healthcare law includes but is not limited to: Medicaid, NC Health Choice Program, Medicare, and private health insurance.
• Provide representation and advocacy in general areas of poverty law, as assigned through regular intake process or otherwise, consistent with the requirements of funding sources;
• Handle emergency cases as needed, pursuant to office protocol and procedures;
• Develop area(s) of specialization and be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in that area(s) and disseminating information to staff; attend CLEs and other trainings as appropriate to develop specialization in healthcare and public benefits law;
• Supervise interns and support staff in cases involving areas of specialization;
• Maintain working relationships with the legal, social service, healthcare and client community as appropriate to role.
• Perform outreach activities in the community as opportunities arise focusing on education and raising awareness of our services.

Healthcare Navigator Program

• Serve as a staff attorney on the PLS ACA Healthcare Navigator Program, including but not limited to: represent PLS at some statewide consortium meetings, attend relevant consortium meetings and trainings on behalf of PLS; provide ACA Navigator services as needed (focus on appeal and difficult consumer cases); conduct outreach on the ACA;
• Supervise and evaluate staff members in the PLS ACA Healthcare Navigator Program as needed or directed;
• Research complex situations for volunteer and staff navigators;
• Conduct “escalation appointments” with consumers who have issues that are more complex or have been unable to be resolved by a volunteer.
• Other duties as assigned.
SOAR Team Supervisor

• Provide guidance to and answer questions for the SOAR Caseworkers through regular check-ins case reviews, and weekly team meetings. This includes individual meetings on a weekly basis, review of Medical Summaries to be submitted, helping them to make decision on their cases such as strategy and whether or not to proceed. Being available to sit in on meetings if necessary or to answer questions as they come up.
• Submit the SOAR report every month and report to the funding sources on the work we have been doing.
• Provide outreach and education on the SOAR program as needed.
• Be a first contact legal source for any legal questions that come up for their cases since they are not attorneys and unable to provide legal advice. This can be as simple as pointing them in the direction of a referral or advising the client on the situation.

Health Income and Family Supports Program Director

• Review and assign cases that come in through the intake process to the appropriate staff member. This includes making decisions as to whether we have the resources to assist the applicant, which team member can best help, and reviewing and correcting kemps information on the form. Cases come in almost every day.
• Participate in operations team meetings and any other meetings involving grants or funding for benefits work.
• Reviewing and providing information for grants to the grants writer and doing outreach or anything required for the development team.
• Field questions from the rest of the staff regarding benefits questions.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
Submit resume, cover letter to: Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.

Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Announcing The Formation of Garlock & McKinney, P.C.

Victor C. Garlock, who has been the Public Guardian for Buncombe County since 2010, and Mariah D. McKinney, former Assistant Clerk of Court in Buncombe County, announce the formation of Garlock & McKinney, P.C. and the one year anniversary of their office location in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Garlock & McKinney, P.C. dedicates its practice to the areas of guardianships, trusts, wills, estates and business law.  Victor is also the president of Fidelicare, Inc., which offers daily money management/personal bookkeeping services for elderly and disabled persons as well as fiduciary and fiduciary support services.


Domestic Violence Attorney – Job Posting

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based, non-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania Counties of western North Carolina. These counties are in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are more than 80,000 client-eligible people in these six counties (at or below 125% of the federal poverty level). PLS directly serves almost 15,000 people annually and provides community education and outreach to many other low-income clients.

PLS is seeking a full-time DV Mountain Violence Prevention Project (MVPP) N.C. licensed attorney to work out of our Asheville office. The MVPP helps victims of domestic violence escape domestic violence and live independent of their abusers. MVPP strives to provide holistic services to clients including and beyond the initial protective order.


• Representation and advice to clients in prevention of domestic violence and other
poverty law cases.
• Preventive legal education and outreach.
• Some travel within sixty miles of our offices.
• This attorney will also be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the law
and disseminating information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.


N.C. licensed attorney. Spanish language skills would be an asset, as would experience in addressing problems associated with domestic violence, family law, foreclosure prevention, and other areas of poverty law.

Salary/Benefits: Depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance. PLS is an equal opportunity employer. Racial minorities, women, elderly, and the disabled are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Submit resume, cover letter to: Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.

Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Seeking Real Estate Paralegal

Well established law firm concentrating in real estate transactions accepting resumes for a full-time paralegal with experience in real estate transactions. Prefer a minimum of 2 years of experience in real estate transactions with sound knowledge of SoftPro. Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

Attorney Koral Alman Joins The Van Winkle Law Firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice


The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Koral Alman has joined the firm’s trusts and estates team as an associate in the Hendersonville office. Alman will focus her practice on trust and estate planning, as well as estate administration.

Prior to joining Van Winkle, Alman practiced in Los Angeles at a boutique law firm specializing in commercial, antitrust and unfair competition litigation. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and California.

Alman is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the 28th Judicial District Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Rotary Club of Asheville South and the California State Bar. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Originally from Florida, Alman attended the University of Florida and received her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va. While earning her law degree, Koral served as executive editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and was selected as a Burks Scholar, an adjunct instructor for first-year legal research and writing. She and her husband live in Asheville.

“We are pleased to announce that Koral Alman has joined our firm’s trusts and estates practice,” said Caroline Knox, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “We look forward to seeing her contributions to the firm’s trust and estate clients as well as to the Western North Carolina community.”

The Van Winkle Law Firm’s trusts, estates and elder law team includes three Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), three board-certified specialists in estate planning and probate law, one board-certified elder law attorney, two certified public accountants (CPAs), and two attorneys with Master of Laws in Taxation degrees.

For more than 100 years, the attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business, and litigation needs. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit

Help Us Honor Our Pro Bono Heroes on May 10th


The 28th Judicial District Bar and Pisgah Legal Services will honor four local attorneys who have an outstanding track record of pro bono service. Nominees include David Hillier and Ben Scales for the NCBA’s William Thorpe Award, Zephyr Jost Sullivan for the NCBA’s Young Lawyer Award, and Johanna Fowler for the Client’s Choice Award.


Join us in celebrating these attorneys’ generous contributions to our community! May 10th, 12:30 PM at the monthly meeting of the 28th JDB at The Venue in downtown Asheville.