Meet Ombudsman Micah Bailey
We would like to introduce you to our newest Ombudsman, Micah Bailey.
Micah has been an employee at Legal Aid of West Virginia for 1.5 years. In the beginning of his career at Legal Aid, he worked in the TANF program before becoming a Project Support Paralegal for the SSVF program. In July of 2023, Micah became an Ombudsman, assigned to the Beckley office and covers the territory of Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Mingo, Logan, and Boone counties.
“Moving to the Ombudsman unit was a chance for me to go back to my roots of doing case work in the field,” Micah says. “I like meeting people where they are and taking time to communicate with them face to face. My favorite part of being an Ombudsman is providing a voice for those who often go unheard. Advocating for others is where my heart has always been.”
Micah enjoys visiting his assigned facilities and speaking with the residents and staff. Micah’s Grandfather was previously a resident in long-term care facilities, so he is able to use this personal experience when advocating for his residents.
In 2007, Micah completed his Bachelor of Social Work at Concord University, and in 2015 attained his Juris Doctorate degree from the Appalachian School of Law. His work background includes being an Adult Services Worker in Greenbrier County, a Public Housing Social Service Coordinator, a Law Clerk for the Honorable H. L. Kirkpatrick III, a paralegal for Child Protective Services at the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and most recently, prior to joining Legal Aid of West Virginia, he served as the Adult Drug Court Probation Officer for Raleigh County.