CRYSTAL L. WALDEN, DIRECTORCrystal 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 BRUMMONDMatthew 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
Andrew R. Shumate graduated from Mercer University School of
Law in 2012. After clerking for a circuit judge, Andrew opened a solo practice,
which operated until 2018. His experience is primarily in criminal law and
child abuse and neglect law. He also serves as a member of the West Virginia
State Bar's Criminal Law Committee and Appellate Committee. 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. SAULSarah 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.