Judge Whitener was appointed to the Pierce County Superior Court in 2015 by Governor Jay Inslee. Prior to her appointment and subsequent election to the superior court, Judge Whitener served as a judge on the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and as a pro-tem judge in Pierce County District Court as well as the Tacoma Municipal Court. She had previously worked as a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorney.

Judge Whitener is Co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Chair of the Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) – Equity and Fairness Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of LGBT Judges (IALGBTJ). Judge Whitener is also a member of the International Association of Women Judges(IAWJ), the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and the American Judges Association (AJA), In 2017 she was appointed by the Washington Supreme Court to serve on the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. She  is a judicial member of the Advisory Council for the QLaw Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers.

Judge Whitener is very active locally, nationally, and internationally and speaks often on human rights, access to justice, and the rights and responsibility of the judiciary in ensuring the rights of all that appear before the court to basic dignity and respect in judicial proceedings. In 2015, at the request of the U.S. Embassy, Judge Whitener visited her home country of Trinidad and Tobago to speak on human rights.

In 2017 Judge Whitener adapted and organized Pierce County's first Color of Justice NAWJ event for her court. The event was a resounding success and the SCJA agreed to sponsor 3 events throughout the State.

In 2016, Judge Whitener did a TedxPortofSpain Talk titled “Claiming your Identity by understanding your Self-Worth.” You can review at http://tedxportofspain.com/portfolio/judge-helen-whitener/

Thanks for visiting this website where you will be updated on Judge Whitener;s extra-judicial activities while she serves you on the Pierce County Superior Court Bench.

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