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


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.