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Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener: 2019 End of Year Recap Video

Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Featured on Inside Olympia with Austin Jenkins

Friday, September 27, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Receives the WSBA Justice Charles Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity AWARD



Justice Charles Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity Award
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge G. Helen Whitener Honored as 2019 Woman of the Year

Friday, May 31, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Featured in Pierce County's DEI Video

Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Featured Speaker at Charles V. Johnson Youth & Law Forum

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Helen Whitener named 2019 Woman of the Year

Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Judge Helen Whitener 2019 WA State Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summit Keynote Speaker

Thursday, December 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener 2018 Recap Video

Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener: Pierce County WA Women Lawyers 2018 Woman of the Year

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 12:00 AM

IAWJ Member, Judge G. Helen Whitener (USA), Elected to Co-Chair WA State Minority & Justice Commission

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener to Co-Chair WA State Minority & Justice Commission with Justice Mary Yu

Friday, August 17, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Elected to International Association of LGBT* Judges Board of Directors

Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Pierce College Women of Justice Forum Keynote Address

Friday, April 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Judge G. Helen Whitener QLAW 2018 Banquet Keynote Address

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 6:00 PM

Judge Whitener 2018 The Year of the Woman TVW Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 5:56 AM

NAWJ Member Judge G. Helen Whitener adaption of the NAWJ Color of Justice Program Going STATEWIDE!

Monday, March 19, 2018 5:09 PM

Judge Helen Whitener 2018 Black Women Rise Keynote Speaker

Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Spokane's Black Lens Newspaper Features Judge Whitener (pg 11)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Justice Steven Gonzales, Margaret Fisher and others speak to Judge Whitener's Lincoln High School STREET LAW Class

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:51 PM

WA Superior Court Judges Association to Sponsor 3 Statewide Color of Justice Events

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Pierce County Color of Justice Event Deserves a Gold Star (pg29)

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

IAWJ member Judge G. Helen Whitener named Keynote Speaker for Black Women Rise 2018 Conference

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener named keynote speaker for 2018 Black Women Rise 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

Pierce County's 2017 NAWJ Color of Justice Event was a Huge Success

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, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

2017 Minority & Justice 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 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.


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

Judge G. Helen Whitener Gender and Sexual Orientation: Access to Justice Webinar

“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, May 15, 2016 1:36 PM

Judge Whitener Speaking at Wilson High School


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:00 AM

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:01 PM

Judge Whitener Keynote Speaker at the The University of the West Indies

Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015 2:03 PM

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

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

Sunday, April 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Judge Whitener Featured in Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspaper

Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:55 AM

Judge Whitener Presides Over Two Rounds of Washington High School Students Mock Trials


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 eitherprosecution 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. 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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 4:30 PM

Judge Whitener's Swearing-In Ceremony clip - Trinidad & Tobago style

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 12:00 AM

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