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Friday, November 23, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER TEACHES IMPLICIT BIAS & JURY SELECTION TO STATE ATTORNEYS

Judge Whitener presented on Implicit Bias and Jury Selection under General Rule (GR) 37. The policy and purpose behind GR 37 is to eliminate the unfair exclusion of potential jurors based on race or ethnicity. There were over 170 Assistant Attorneys General and their staff in attendance.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER TO TEACH AT JUDICIAL COLLEGE 2019

Judge Whitener received her Certificate of Completion from the WA State Administrative Office of the Courts 2018 Faculty Development Training.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER PRESENTS AT NFPA CONFERENCE

Judge Whitener helped kicked off the 2018 National Federal Paralegal Association’s (NFPA) Annual Convention. Paralegals from all over the United States were in attendance and Judge Whitener’s presentation was titled “Cultural Competency and the Law.”



Thursday, October 18, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER PRESENTS AT WELA CLE

Judge Whitener presented on a panel with Judge Beth Andrus (Court of Appeals Div. I) for the WA Employment Lawyers Association's (WELA) Annual CLE at the Pacific Tower in Seattle.



Thursday, October 4, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER ATTENDS 29th ANNUAL WORLD AFFAIRS CONSULAR ASSOCIATION RECEPTION

On October 4, 2018, Judge Whitener was honored to attend the World Affairs Council of Tacoma, 29th Annual Consular Association Reception held at Bates Technical College. Governor Inslee gave the keynote address to the 160 guests in attendance from Washington's international consuls, regional and local business owners, public servants, and students. Photos courtesy of Lynn Rainey and Dan Devries.



Friday, September 28, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER CO-CHAIRED HER FIRST MJC MEETING IN SPOKANE

The Minority & Justice Commission, along with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University Law School was proud to sponsor, The Pursuit of Justice: Law Leadership, and the Role of the Civil Rights Activist Conference.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

JUDGE WHITENER RECEIVES THE PCWWL WOMAN OF THE YEAR J-FAB AWARD

WA State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu presented Judge Whitener with this year's J-FAB Award. “Each year the Board of the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers selects an honoree who not only positively contributes to the community as a professional, but who also embodies amazing personal qualities that make her Just Fabulous. Judge Whitener is an ambassador of self-worth and gentle perseverance who has been working tirelessly to increase diversity and inclusion in our community, and we are delighted to celebrate her.”



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.