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Thursday, July 26, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER WAS A FACULTY PRESENTER AT NATIONAL JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Judge Whitener presentation at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' 81st Annual conference promoted collaborative efforts for addressing the national Gavel Gap problem facing state courts.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE EVENT

Judge Whitener was honored to be invited by Campaign for Equal Justice to speak on a very important issue facing our Courts, Civil Legal Aid.“Each year, over 1 Million people in Washington Sate need Legal Aid they cannot afford. They deserve justice.” Campaign For Equal Justice.



Saturday, July 14, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER CELEBRATES TACOMA PRIDE 2018

As Pierce County’s first openly LGBT judge and the first openly LGBT black judge in WA State. Judge Whitener understands firsthand the bias faced by LGBT people, women, people of color and other diverse populations in the legal system and works had to ensure that ALL individuals who come into her court have meaningful Access to Justice.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SU LAW SUMMER RECEPTION

Judge Whitener gave the keynote speech for the Seattle University School of Law Academic Resource Center's incoming students. The reception was hosted by the WSBA Diversity Committee.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

WA STATE GENDER & JUSTICE COMMISSION PRESENTATION

Washington State Gender and Justice Commission, invited Judge Whitener, a member of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to present the NAWJ’s Color of Justice Program. In 1994, WA Supreme Court established the Gender and Justice Commission whose mission is to promote gender equality in the Justice System. The mission of the NAWJ is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice.



Friday, June 1, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, PIERCE COLLEGE WOMEN & JUSTICE FORUM

Judge Helen Whitener gave the keynote address at the Pierce College Women & Justice Forum. A panel of women in a variety of criminal justice careers ranging from 911 dispatcher to Superior Court Judge. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the inspiration, challenges and triumphs of nontraditional voices of the criminal justice system.



Saturday, May 19, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER SPEAKS AT NAACP KITSAP BANQUET

Judge Whitener was honored to be a Keynote speaker at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in Kitsap County



Thursday, May 10, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER WAS AN IAWJ DELEGATE AT 2018 BUENOS AIRES CONFERENCE

Judge Whitener had the honor of being the only delegate from Washington State to attend the IAWJ “Building Bridges between Women Judges of the World” Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over 800 female Judges from around the world with eighty-two from the United States, participated in five days of educational sessions. Judge Whitener also attended a reception for the US delegates at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires.



Friday, April 13, 2018

QLAW 2018 BANQUET

Judge Whitener was the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 QLAW Banquet. QLAW is the Washington State Association of LGBT Professionals. Over 400 legal professionals were in attendance.



Sunday, April 8, 2018

SCJA 2018 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES' SPRING CONFERENCE

Judge Whitener was a faculty presenter as well as an attendee at this year’s Superior Court Judges’ Spring Conference held at Lake Chelan. Additionally, Judge Whitener was presented the WSBA Affirmative Action Award plaque received by the SCJA Equality and Fairness Committee in the year 2000. Judge Eric Lucas has been the Chair of the Committee since its inception and the plaque was passed on to Judge Whitener who is now the Committee Chair. Judge Whitener intends to proudly display the plaque in her courtroom.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN PANEL DISCUSSION

Judge Whitener participated in a panel discussion at the University of Puget Sound. The event was hosted by City Club of Tacoma and the theme was the Year of the Woman, Judge Whitener was joined by panelists Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, and Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, Director of WA State Veteran’s Affairs. The panel moderator was attorney Valarie Zeeck and the discussion was about the great strides women have made and the road women have yet to travel.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

QLAW SOCIAL MIXER

QLAW, WA State Association of LBGT legal professionals and their friends hosted Judge Whitener at their first social mixer in Pierce County. Co-Sponsors of the event were Washington Women Lawyers, Pierce County Chapter and the Washington State Bar Association, LGBT Law Section.



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL STREET LAW CLASS, COURT VISIT

Judge Whitener brought her Street Law Class to the Pierce County Superior Court to see how it works. The Students met Judges, a Court Commissioner, the Court Administrator, They also met with Judge Whitener's Judicial Assistant and Court Reporter to understand how a courtroom operates.



Sunday, March 18, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2018 BLACK WOMEN RISE CONFERENCE

Judge Whitener was honored to be the Keynote Speaker for the Black Women Rise 2018 conference held in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was the second BWR conference and there were over 100 attendees ages 15 to 80 from 11 States and 21 Florida cities. The women were from diverse racial/ethnic, professional and political backgrounds. Judge Whitener also participated on a multi-generational panel



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WA STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEVEN GONZALEZ SPEAKS TO JUDGE WHITENER'S STREET LAW CLASS

Justice Gonzalez spoke to Judge Whitener’s Street Law class along with Margaret Fisher, the state's Street Law coordinator and Diana Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WA STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS OF COLOR RECEPTION

Judge Whitener attended the Washington State Elected Officials of Color Reception at the Governor's Mansion.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER TEAMS UP WITH DEPUTY RANKIN TO TEACH STREET LAW

Judge Whitener had the honor of teaching her Street Law Class at Lincoln High School with Pierce County Corrections Deputy Lynette Rankin. Deputy Rankin explained how corrections officers are the branch of law enforcement that supervises individuals who have been arrested and are being held for trial or who have been convicted of a crime and are serving a sentence in a jail.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

COLOR OF JUSTICE EVENT GOES STATEWIDE

WA State Superior Court Judges Association sponsors 3 Color of Justice Events



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER PARTICIPATES IN LAUNCH OF ICIVICS WA

US Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visited Washington State to promote civic education in WA schools. Judge Whitener participated as a judge who teaches Street Law, at Lincoln High School in Tacoma Washington.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER'S WA STATE SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES' ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION

Judge Whitener presents to the WA State Superior Court Judges' Association on the Color of Justice Event she put on in Pierce County Superior Court.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

PIERCE COUNTY COLOR OF JUSTICE 2017 (NAWJ)

Judge Whitener organized a one-day event to encourage girls, 11-18 years old, to consider a career in the law and the judiciary. The keynote speaker was Justice Mary Yu of the Washington State Supreme Court. More than 80 girls from across Western Washington registered to attend the program where they met, participated with, and observed the legal process through the eyes of female members of the judiciary.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, Professional Development Conference

Judge Whitener spoke again at the ICSEW conference. The CSEW is a committee that seeks to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Judge & Teacher Training for Street Law with program founder Margaret Fisher

Judge Whitener will be teaching Street Law at Lincoln High School, Tacoma, with teacher Kerry Hipps for 2017-2018 academic year.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Community Event

The Color of Justice Event A one-day event to encourage minority girls between the ages of 11-18 to consider legal and judicial careers by bringing them together with female Judges. This event will feature introductions and empowerment panels on the law and the legal profession and why diversity and minority perspectives matter. The event will educate and empower minority girls who desire to understand how the Justice system works.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Community Engagement

Girl Scouts of Western Washington Luncheon



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Community Involvement

Judge Whitener speaks on the 14th Amendment at Stadium High School for Law Day 2017



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Superior Court Judges Association 2017 Spring Conference

"Justice on Trial in the 21st Century"



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Washington State Supreme Court Community Service Appointment

WA State Supreme Court appoints Judge Whitener to the WA State Minority & Justice Commission. The Washington State Minority & Justice Commission was established by the state Supreme Court in 1990 to determine whether racial and ethnic bias exists in the courts of Washington and to take creative steps to overcome and prevent it. The Commission grew out of a task force established in 1988 at the urging of state legislators.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Judge Whitener Catherine's Place Keynote Speaker 2017

Judge Whitener is the Keynote speaker at Catherine's Place Boombaballa Event. "Celebrating the Strength and Diversity of Women"



Friday, March 17, 2017

Judge Whitener presents at Black Women Rise 2017 Conference

Judge Whitener presented at this two-day multigenerational, multiracial conference where she was a panelist with keynote speaker Dr. Angela Davis. Judge Whitener also did two separate presentations titled, "Color of Justice: Coding an Imperfect Criminal Justice Paradigm;" and "Black Women in Corrections, Law Enforcement and on the Bench".



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Judge Whitener Featured in Women's History Month 2017 Poster

For Women's History Month, Judge Whitener is featured in 2 posters issued by the US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Judge Whitener's Presentation on Implicit & Explicit Bias

Attorney General's Office, Department of Labor & Industries



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Judge Whitener, hosting Seattle University 1L Law students

Job Shadow SUL 1L Law Students



Friday, January 20, 2017

Community Involvement: 2017 class of the Judicial Institute

Panelist with Justice Mary Yu and King County Superior Court Judge, Pat Oishi held at Seattle University Law School



Friday, October 21, 2016

Community Involvement

The Joint Base Lewis McChord Military Police Corps 75th Anniversary Ball



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Community Engagement

Seattle University School of Law "Side Bar" Alumni Connection



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Community Involvement

Washington State Bar Association panel presentation on "Effective Motions in Limine - A view from the Bench."



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Community Engagement

Metropolitan Development Council, Share Breakfast 2016-2020. Two MDC organization goals are to (1) Improve the health and well-being of low-income individuals and (2) see that everyone understand their stake in a healthy and equitable community and



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Presentation at the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women 2016 Conference

Lessons in Leadership: Designing Your Future. My presentation on Claiming Your Identity by Understanding your Self-Worth



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Community Involvement

Out in the Park, Tacoma Pride Festival 2016



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Diversity in the Law: A View from the Bench Presentation

Washington State Attorney General's Office, Continuing Legal Education on Diversity & Inclusion



Friday, June 17, 2016

Community Engagement

Presentation to former colleagues at Washington State Industrial Insurance Appeals Board on "Judicial Philosophy regarding Diversity: Impact vs. Intent."



Friday, June 10, 2016

Judge Whitener received "Access to Justice Thor."

Today, Deputy Director, Ennis L. Hobbs, 508th Military Police Detention Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord presented me with a Thor. The Thor was created by the military inmates and it was inscribed with the American Flag and the Flag of Trinidad and Tobago on one side and the Washington State Flag on the other with the inscription “Access to Justice for All” on the handle.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

International Association of Women Judges Conference

Women Judges & the Rule of Law: Assessing the Past, Anticipating the Future



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Visit



Monday, May 23, 2016

Judge Whitener's Webinar Presentation

Gender and Sexual Orientation: The Challenge to Social Sustainability as it pertains to Access to Justice



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Law Day at Wilson High School

Presentation on "Miranda Rights"



Thursday, May 5, 2016

JUDGE WHITENER GIVES A PRESENTATION TO THE STEILACOOM KIWANIS

Presentation on "Our Courts, Access to Justice and Human Rights"



Thursday, April 14, 2016

JUDGE WHITENER TRAINS AT THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE

Advancing Justice Through Judicial Education



Friday, March 18, 2016

JUDGE WHITENER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Judge Whitener presided over the initial round of the 2016 YMCA Washington State Mock Trial Competition



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

JUDGE WHITENER RECEIVES A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Official Proclamations signed by President Obama



Saturday, March 5, 2016

JUDGE WHITENER, COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Collaborating with Women Community Leaders on International Women's Day



Saturday, February 13, 2016

Community Involvement

Judge Whitener spoke at the Tacoma Community College Northwest Higher Education Men's Summit



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Community Involvement

The Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Community Involvement

Tacoma Firefighters Ball raise money to send kids affected by cancer to camp!



Friday, January 22, 2016

Community Involvement

Steilacoom Kiwanis Charity Fundraiser benefiting the Schools, students and communities of Steilacoom, DuPont, and Anderson Island.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Community Engagement

Pierce County Minority Bar Association: Youth and Law Forum



Saturday, December 5, 2015

Legal Community Speaking Engagment

Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, CLE Presentation: A view from the Bench



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Judge Whitener in the News

Pierce County Lawyer Magazine Article



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Community Speaking Engagement

TedxPortofSpain Ted Talk at Queens Hall in Trinidad and Tobago



Friday, September 25, 2015

Judge Whitener in the News

Washington State Association for Justice Trial New



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Community Engagement

Seattle University School of Law, Red Mass



Friday, October 9, 2015

Community Engagement

Washington Women Lawyers 2015 Awards Banquet.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Community Involvement

Project Peace, Community Dialogue with City of Tacoma Police Department at University of Puget Sound



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Community Involvement

7th Annual 2015 Women's Conference at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Community Involvement

Out in the Community with City of Tacoma, Assistant Chief, Kathy McAlpine. Project PEACE (Partnering for Equity and Community Engagement). Building Trust, Relationships and Understanding with the Tacoma Police Department, City Manager and Community members.



Friday, August 21, 2015

Community Involvement

Tacoma Branch NAACP - 20th Annual Awards Banquet Theme "Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice" Keynote Speaker: Pierce County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Frank Cuthbertson



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Community Involvement

Out in the Park, Tacoma Pride Festival



Monday, June 15, 2015

Human Rights visit courtesy of the US Embassy

Judge Whitener was hosted by the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago to speak to public officials, various organizations and community groups on Human Rights and Overcoming Intolerance



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Community Speaking Engagement

City Club of Tacoma Panel Discussion at UPS The Dream - Tacoma-51 years after the March on DC - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Community Speaking Engagement

Law Day at Lincoln High School Speaking with pre-law 12th Grade Students



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JUDGE WHITENER COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Seattle University School of Law - Alumni Gathering



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Community Involvement

Judge Whitener presided over two rounds at the Washington State Mock Trial Competition



Saturday, March 21, 2015

JUDGE WHITENER'S COMMUNITY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Judge Whitener speaking to members of Pierce County-Tacoma Black Collective



Thursday, February 5, 2015

JUDGE WHITENER'S SWEARING-IN CEREMONY

Judge G. Helen Whitener was sworn in today as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Department 11. Judge Whitener is presently the youngest judicial officer on her bench, the only black female on any court in Pierce County, the first immigrant born judge and the first openly gay judge.