Seeking Attorney for busy Asheville Office

Our busy office has an immediate opening for a lawyer to help work up files and prepare medical analysis for Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury cases for resolution in settlement, mediation, and/or hearings. Individual must be a quick learner, self-motivated, able to work independently, have excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong computer skills with proficiency in Adobe, WordPerfect, Excel, and MS programs. Duties include but are not limited to: ordering and organizing medical records, preparing MEMOs and demand letters, filing online appeals and other court documents, and daily communication with clients. Knowledge of social security disability and medical terminology would be extremely helpful but not required. Beginning salary is $42,000 plus employer payment of full group health and dental insurance coverage premiums after ninety (90) days. Other benefits include holiday/vacation time, bonuses, and employer sponsored 401K Plan. For consideration, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Lawrel Banks, Office Manager, at


Interns Available – Estate Planning and Criminal Law

Southwestern Community College is seeking estate planning and criminal law attorneys with whom their paralegal students can intern.  Students must complete 160 hours of work by May 11, 2018.  If you are interested, please contact Pamela Smith, the Paralegal Technology Program Coordinator for Southwestern Community College at (828) 339-4209 or  Thank you!

Seeking Generalist Attorney – Buncombe County Court House

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 15,000 people annually and provides community education and outreach to many other low-income clients.
PLS is seeking a full-time N.C. licensed attorney to handle general poverty law cases primarily landlord/tenant, but also a limited amount of consumer law, and public benefits issues. Legal aid experience would be helpful. Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player, and being committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important.

• Work at the Buncombe County Courthouse while Small Claims Court eviction cases are being conducted.
• Review weekly docket and review pleadings for eviction cases.
• Train pro bono attorneys to handle eviction cases in Small Claims Court and appeals to District Court; assist volunteer attorneys with advice and co-counsel as appropriate.
• Triage cases; advise and represent as appropriate. (This may include on-the-spot representation, preparation for self-representation, obtaining continuances for assessment, and referring cases to other PLS staff attorneys.)
• Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
• Organize and conduct outreach and educational presentations.
• Develop and maintain relationships with other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders and others.
• Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
• Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
• Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
• Work with volunteers as needed.
• Represent and advise clients in judicial and administrative hearings in landlord/tenant, consumer, public benefits, and other areas as assigned.

• N.C. licensed attorney
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams.
• Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.

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.


Desk and Credenza Free to Good Home

Available: 72″ x 36″ desk with glass to cover surface, and 72″ x 30″ credenza. Tired of poor-quality big-box furniture? These are your solution. They are a few decades old, so they are rock solid with numerous drawers that hold abundant legal or letter sized files, and glide shut beautifully. They have some age-related surface imperfections; don’t we all? Fully functional; not being used because owner has retired.

Price: free. You provide truck to pick them up [from easily-accessed climate-controlled storage] and reassemble at your site; frames were dismantled for transport. Hardware and instructions provided.


Hendersonville County Bar Hosts 6-hour CLE

The Henderson County Bar is hosting a 6-hour CLE in Hendersonville on FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2018, 8:30am-5:00pm

6 hours of CLE, including 1 Ethics and 1 Substance Abuse
Topics include: Landlord/Tenant Law, Debtor’s Rights, Collaborative Divorce, Domestic Violence

Cost: $40.00
Includes payment of CLE fees to State Bar
Does not include lunch

Visit to register.

Public Notice for Appointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court Western District of North Carolina at Asheville, North Carolina. The essential function of courts is to dispense justice.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging including but not limited to:

(1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge;(4) conducting Rule 11 hearings; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must

  • Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
  • Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
  • Be less than seventy years old; and
  • Not be related to a judge of the district court.

A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the district judges in confidence the five persons it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 90 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111) as implemented by the Judicial Conference of the United States. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or disability.   The current annual salary of the position is approximately $188,500 per year.  The term of office is eight years.

The duty station of this full-time U.S. magistrate judge positon is Asheville, North Carolina. Chambers are located in the federal courthouse.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the clerk of the district court from the court’s public website at or call at 704-350-7416. The application may be filled out on-line and printed out to be mailed in with the writing sample.

The completed application and a 25 page writing sample must be received by the Clerk of Court by February 15, 2018.  Mark “Confidential Applicant” and mail or FedEx to:

Clerk of Court

U.S. District Court

401 west Trade Street, Room 210

Charlotte, NC  28202

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

Upcoming CLE Video Replays in Asheville

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 NCBA 2017 Basics of Elder Law & Special Needs

CLE Credit: 7.0 hours including 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Reg:  8:15-8:30am; Program:8:30am-5:00pm


Thursday, November 30, 2017

 NCBA What to Expect When You are Expecting to Practice Workers’ Compensation

(2017 Basics of Workers’ Compensation)

CLE Credit: 6.25 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program: 9:00am-4:30pm


Friday, December 1, 2017  

 NCADA Going Through the Motions

CLE Credit: 4.0 hours

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-1:15pm


Monday-Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017

NCBA From Handshake to Payment: Navigating the Legal Landscape of the Modern Construction Project from Drafting Agreements to Litigating Disputes

(2017 NC/SC Joint Construction Law Program)

CLE Credit: 9.0 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1: 9:00am-4:30pm; Day 2:  9:00am-12:15pm


Monday-Tuesday, December 11-12, 2017 

 NCBA Skills Necessary for Representing Your Clients’

Real Estate Needs

(2017 Real Property Practical Skills Course)

CLE Credit: 12.5 including 1.5 Ethics/ Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1:  9:00am-5:00pm; Day 2:  9:00am-4:30pm

All replays at Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

For more information or to register, please contact Sally Davis, Tar Heel Seminars at 252-567-3053 or

You may also visit the NCBA and NCADA websites for program information and to register.


Legal Assistant Needed for Bankruptcy / Real Estate Practice

Established consumer bankruptcy / real estate firm in Asheville seeking a full-time legal assistant to prepare and process consumer bankruptcy petitions. Duties will include the initial petition preparation and follow up as required on both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases until the case is concluded. Real estate experience also a plus, although primary responsibilities will be bankruptcy related.

(828) 255-0456

Seeking Attorney For Buncombe County Commission

JOB TITLE: County Commission Attorney

CLASSIFICATION: County Commission Attorney

DEPARTMENT: Governing Body

DATE POSTED: 10/9/2017

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

SALARY RANGE: $42,000 – $57,000 (Depending on Experience)

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is seeking a County Commission Attorney. Compensation is between $42,000- $57,000 per year, depending on experience. This is a part-time position that is expected to fulfill the key responsibilities listed below. Anticipated hours to be on average 20 hours per week.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Knowledge and experience with local government and county government operations, policies, rules and core services. Must be a practicing attorney, licensed in NC.
  • Commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our community
  • Culturally competent and a client-centered approach to interactions with citizens and staff
  • Strong communication skills both written and oral

 Key responsibilities:  

  • To advise the County Commissioners on all board-related legal matters. Specifically, the county commission attorney is expected to review all BOC documents, policies, procedures and provide legal guidance. This includes a legal review of all BOC agenda items scheduled for commission meetings and to advise the commission as appropriate.
  • The attorney will advise the commission on procedural matters in public and assure the Commission follows all procedures according to law.
  • To attend the two regular County Commission meetings per month, plus work-sessions and other commission meetings as needed.

Buncombe County retains a separate legal department to address the day-to-day operational needs of the county government. The legal department reports to the County Manager. The County Commission attorney is a separate, independent position that reports directly to the County Commission.


Job Opening: Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services Managing Attorney: Mountain Violence Prevention Project

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services’ primary service area includes six WNC counties, in a mostly rural setting. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, and Marshall.  With a dedicated staff of nearly sixty, including attorneys and support staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program serves more than 15,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, and consumer law. Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit governed by a local Board of Directors.

Scope of the position

Under direct supervision of the PLS Executive Director, the PLS Managing Attorneys are responsible for extensive responsibilities in each of the following categories:

  • Operational and program management, including structural oversight
  • Legal advocacy and implementation of PLS mission and priorities
  • Fiscal responsibility and budget management
  • Program development
  • Data reports  and program evaluation
  • Agency legal practice and liability risk-management
  • Professional development and staff training
  • Community engagement
  • Strategic planning
  • Other duties as needed


  • Oversee the DV Mountain Violence Prevention Project (MVPP) program  and other programs as funding and resources require
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with partner agencies
  • Manage program implementation and data reporting appropriate to the Managing Attorney’s teams and programs
  • Supervise team leaders and non-team leader staff members according to supervision chart
  • Implement training for staff
  • Participate in management meetings and strategic planning
  • Represent PLS at community meetings and on boards related to policy areas, poverty law practice and funding goals
  • Work closely with Fundraising team to ensure the community is educated about the work of PLS
  • Organize, oversee and provide impact advocacy on broad-reaching poverty law issues
  • Work with in-house volunteers—attorneys and non-attorneys– to maximize support and advocacy efforts
  • Ensure case handling supervision and support on a regular basis to advocates
  • Strategize program development that aligns and supports the PLS mission.
  • Review, analyze and submit program budgets
  • Write and submit grant/funding reports
  • Research and develop new grant and funding opportunities
  • Monitor data for compliance with funding requirements for each team
  • Conduct program evaluation
  • Monitor, in collaboration with Program Directors, advocate case workloads to ensure the appropriate level of cases commensurate with advocate experience and supervision
  • Address internal and external conflicts of interest and resolve
  • Analyze programmatic and employee risk-management issues and respond appropriately
  • Ensure PLS compliance with all federal and statute regulatory bodies
  • Adhere to and make certain that supervisees adhere to PLS personnel manual, case acceptance standards and supervision guidelines.
  • Oversee the day-to-day legal operations of PLS
  •  Respond to client and community complaints and grievances



  • Licensed to practice law in any state (NC preferred)
  • Experience in Family Law – custody, divorce, equitable distribution, domestic violence
  • At least 5 years of experience practicing law
  • Supervision experience required
  • Meticulous organizational habits with the ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • A demonstrated interest in low-income legal work
  • Ability to work effectively with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma

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

Applications:  Please submit resume and cover letter to

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