Mountain State Justice
Mountain State Justice is a non-profit legal services office dedicated to pursuing impact and significant litigation on behalf of low-income West Virginians. We work primarily on protecting consumers' rights, such as combating predatory lending and preventing foreclosures, through individual and class action lawsuits. A limited portion of MSJ’s work is also dedicated to institutional reform, specifically in the areas of education, health care, and mental health services. In addition to litigation, MSJ engages in targeted legislative advocacy on the issues affecting its client base.
We provide free legal services across the state of West Virginia, which is located in the heart of the Appalachian mountain range (a range with rolling hills). We have two small offices, which are collaborative, comfortable, and professional, and comprised of lawyers and staff who are deeply committed to achieving meaningful improvements for low-income people.
The logo should appeal to:
- our clients, who are generally low-income, rural West Virginians
- our funders, based in cities out of state and who we want to impress with our commitment, professionalism, effectiveness
- opposing counsel, from large well funded law firms, who we also want to show that we're serious
You basically have free range on the logo. If you go with color, it must also work in grayscale/black&white. We will be using the logo on our letterhead, our website banner, and business cards. You can look at our website, http://www.msjlaw.org, for information about us, but please do *not* use it as any kind of design guide (it will be retooled a bit once we have a logo to match any colors or themes better, and does not indicate our design preferences). Some possible ideas are images taken from the state seal; the shape of the state; mountains (*not* snow capped or peaked); scales of justice - but please be as creative as you can with it. You can also experiment with images related directly to our issue areas - houses (the majority of our work), cars, phones (debt collection abuse). We do cover other issue areas, though, so more general might be better. We would like the full name of Mountain State Justice to be involved. It should be pretty simple as well. And, from those more knowledgeable than us, please use "a vector format like that produced by Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator."