Pennsylvania native Bailey Emory elected to go to law school after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College with a double major of environmental science and philosophy. She began her law school career at Capital University before transferring to West Virginia University where she is now a third year student, concentrating on energy and sustainable development law.
She has been active in a variety of organizations while in law school: Environmental Law Society, Energy Law Society, Woman’s Leadership Council, Public Interest Advocate and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
A lifelong resident of Uniontown, PA, she has been exposed to the energy industry her entire life. Her father is an industrial electrician and as she said, “I’ve learned first-hand about the field from him. When the fracking boom hit Pennsylvania, Uniontown’s economy grew substantially, as many people worked in the industry. I witnessed what the energy industry can do for a small town and recognized the importance and necessity of environmental compliance.”
Because of that experience, Bailey knew she wanted to further her studies in the environmental field and decided law school was the best avenue to pursue.
“The natural gas industry has put me through law school, and part of my reason for wanting to practice in this field is because I want to give back to the industry that helped me further my education.”
Her goal after graduation is to work for a coal or natural gas company in their regulatory and compliance department. Eventually, she wants to go back to Uniontown to open her own firm specializing in the energy and natural resource sectors.