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Friday, April 13, 2018 7:00 PM


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 6:00 PM


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 5:56 AM


Monday, March 19, 2018 5:09 PM

Judge Whitener Keynote Speech at Black Women Rise 2018 Conference

Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Spokane's Black Lens Newspaper Features Judge Whitener for Women's HerStory Month of March! (pg 11)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener reaching out to Street Law Students at Lincoln High School

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:51 PM

Washington State Superior Court Judges Association Approves Sponsoring Three State Color of Justice Events

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM


Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:02 PM

The bipartisan Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee was established by the Legislature to oversee the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid; review the performance of the Director of the Office of Civil Legal Aid; and, from time to time, make recommendations to the Supreme Court, the Access to Justice Board, and the Legislature regarding the provision of state-funded civil legal aid.

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00 AM

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES PRESS RELEASE: Judge Whitener named Keynote Speaker for Black Women Rise 2018 Conference

Friday, August 25, 2017 12:00 AM

National Association of Women Judges Washington Draws Young Women to Pierce County to Inspire the Next Generation to Pursue Careers in Law

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 AM

The Color of Justice event 2017

The Color of Justice Event at Pierce County Superior Court. The program was adapted by Judge G. Helen Whitener from the National Association of Women Judges’ Color of Justice Event with the goal of connecting girls from marginalized communities to female judges who can mentor and empower them. Women judges representing all court levels in Washington encouraged over 60 minority girls between the ages of 11-18 to consider legal and judicial careers. The event featured networking and empowerment panels on the law and the legal profession and why diversity and minority perspectives matter. The girls had the opportunity to hear inspirational speeches from Justice Mary Yu, Judge Linda Lee, and Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan. The event was sponsored by: Pierce County Superior Court, National Association of Women Judges, Washington State Gender and Equality Commission, WA State SCJA: Equality & Fairness Committee, Gonzaga University School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and The Law Firm of Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn.

Friday, August 18, 2017 8:47 PM

Pierce County's first Color of Justice Event

In Washington state, like many other places in the country, there is what is known as the “gavel gap,” where the racial and gender make-up of the judicial branch don’t reflect the people who walk into the courtroom.  Pierce County Judge G. Helen Whitener is trying to change that. ...

Jenna Hanchard, KING.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The Color of Justice Part 1

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The Color of Justice Part 2 of 3

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The Color of Justice Part 3 of 3

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener presents again at Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ISEW) 2017 Conference

ICSEW 2017 Professional Development Conference - "Together: It all starts here."

Monday, May 29, 2017 2:40 PM

Washington State Judge's Foundation release

Judge Whitener will be teaching Street Law in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year at Lincoln High school.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

2017 Supreme Court Symposium

The Washington State Supreme Court justices heard results of a year-long jury demographic survey project, conducted in numerous Washington counties, during a symposium that explored the racial and ethnic makeup of jury pools, whether jury pools in Washington are reflective of their communities, and how this question impacts the delivery of justice. The symposium, “Jury Diversity in Washington: A Hollow Promise or Hopeful Future?,” was presented by the Washington State Minority & Justice Commission with support from other stakeholders.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener is appointed to 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.


Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener presents at the Black Women Rise National Conference in Florida

"Pierce County Superior Court congratulates Judge G. Helen Whitener for the honor she has brought to the court for her work and her dedication to the cause of justice, and for continuing to engage in dialogue addressing the difficult issue of racial bias/disparity within the criminal justice system."


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Gender and Sexual Orientation: Access to Justice

“Judicial Leadership is critical to Human Rights Advancement as Equal Justice is the glue of stability.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court. On June 1, 2016 I did a webinar for the Caribbean Future Forum, United Nations and the Caribbean Future Forum Partners titled: “Gender and Sexual Orientation: Access to Justice.”

Sunday, December 20, 2015 10:00 PM

Judge G. Helen Whitener's 2015 Recap

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Claiming your Identity by understanding your self-worth. | Helen Whitener | TEDx PortofSpain video

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:00 PM

TedxPortofSpain - Off Record 2015 Press Release



Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM

Seattle University School of Law, LAWYER Artcle: You can go home again

Thursday, July 2, 2015 2:03 PM

United States Embassy Video: Human Rights is Equal Rights for All Citizens

"I promise to listen to and hear every litigant that appears before me with respect."

Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener, Department 11.

Monday, June 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Gay Rights are Human Rights, Guardian Newspaper Article

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Visiting U.S. Judge Helen Whitener meets with the Equal Opportunity Commission

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 8:34 PM

US Embassy hosted visit of Judge Whitener


Friday, April 17, 2015 7:44 AM

Media Coverage of Judge Whitener at work

Saturday, April 4, 2015 9:32 AM

Judge Whitener is featured in one of Trinidad and Tobago's Sunday Woman Magazine

Trinidad Express Newspaper.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:55 AM

Washington high school students to compete this weekend for state Mock Trial champions, chance at national title.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener presided over two rounds of Mock Trial competition on Saturday at the Thurston County Superior Court. Hundreds of Washington state high school students from 24 schools competed this weekend in Olympia to become the Washington state Mock Trial champions as they take on the roles of either
prosecution or defense in a fictitious criminal trial inspired by the Edward Snowden case.

Mock Trial is part of the YMCA Youth & Government Program, which works to help young people experience democracy in action through both Mock Trial and the YMCA Youth Legislature program. The Youth & Government program celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2012, and the
Mock Trial program celebrated its 25th anniversary the same year.

Mock Trial allows students to participate in a true-to-life courtroom drama. High school teams of attorneys and witnesses prepare the case for trial and compete at district levels before real judges in actual courtrooms. “Juries" of attorneys rate the teams for their presentation, while the presiding judges rule on the motions, objections, and ultimately the merits. Participants develop critical thinking and analytical skills, learn the art of oral advocacy, and gain a respect for the role of law and the judiciary.

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will preside over the championship round of the competition.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Governor Inslee announces appointment of G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court