Appellate Staff Bios

Crystal L. Walden graduated from Capital University Law School in 1998.  Crystal is the Director of the Appellate Advocacy Division.  Crystal’s previous experience included her services as a trial lawyer in the State of Ohio’s Franklin County Public Defender’s office and an attorney in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporation.  During her tenure in the Kanawha County offices of the Public Defender Corporation, she worked for 8 years in the appellate division. Send email

Matthew Brummond is an attorney in the Appellate Advocacy Division.  Matthew graduated from WVU College of Law in 2008, where he had been an active member of Public Interest Advocates.  Since graduating he has specialized in post-conviction work, representing indigent prisoners in West Virginia circuit courts, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Send email

Scott E. Johnson is a 1993 graduate of the West Virginia College of Law where he was an Executive Editor of the West Virginia Law Review and won the Law School Association Award. He is a veteran appellate advocate having served for years in the West Virginia Attorney General's Appellate Division and has handled numerous cases in courts including the United States Supreme Court, The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and West Virginia's circuit courts. Formerly a Clerk to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, he also served as a Captain in the United States Army Military Police. Send email

Jason D. Parmer is an attorney in the Appellate Advocacy Division.  A native of Hinton, Jason is a 1999 graduate of the WVU College of Law.  While at WVU, Jason’s experience as a student of Franklin D. Cleckley heightened his interest in the practice of criminal law. Jason operated his own law practice for ten years before becoming a full time public defender in 2009. Send email

Rhonda Ashworth is the legal secretary for the Appellate Advocacy Division.  Her experience includes 10 years of service as a deputy clerk in the municipal court system and the administrative management of a family owned business.   Before her transfer to Public Defender Services, she was a legal secretary for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporation.

Sarah E. Saul is a paralegal in the Appellate Advocacy Division.  Sarah has almost twenty (20) years of experience in the legal field.  In 2002, Sarah received her certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies.  Sarah’s previous employers include Jackson Kelly PLLC and Nationwide Trial Division. Sarah is a certified paralegal with the National Association of Legal Assistants.