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Posted on: October 23, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Judge Whitener named Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Black Women Rise Conference

Superior Court Presiding Judge, Elizabeth Martin is pleased to announce that Judge G. Helen Whitener has been asked to be the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Black Women Rise Conference in West Palm Beach, FL.  Judge Whitener was a part of the 2017 Conference’s Multigenerational Panel and has now been asked to come back as the keynote speaker.  Along with her keynote speech, Judge Whitener will also be giving a separate presentation titled “Racism & Sexism in the Law.”

About Black Women Rise Conference:
The Black Women Rise conference (March 16-17, 2018) is one of many projects coordinated by a coalition of female activists, academics, dreamers, and doers who are committed to the empowerment of women/girls, the elimination of racism, and the building of sustainable networks and coalitions.  This is a two-day multigenerational, multiracial gathering featuring female speakers, entertainers, and presenters of African descent, all addressing issues of interest and importance to black women (and those who care about them) in today’s world.

About Judge G. Helen Whitener:
Judge Whitener has been a member of the Pierce County Superior Court Bench since her appointment by Governor Jay Inslee on January 13, 2015.  Prior to her position with Superior Court, Judge Whitener was an Industrial Insurance Appeals Judge in Washington State (2 years) and a Managing Partner at Whitener Rainey Writt PS (8 years).  Judge Whitener was previously an Attorney with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel, and also a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with Pierce County, Island County and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the City of Olympia.  Judge Whitener is a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Committee and she is also the Co-Chair for the Superior Court Judges Association, Equality and Fairness Committee.  She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, the International Association of LGBT Judges and the National Association of Women Judges.  Judge Whitener is a graduate of Baruch College, City University in New York with a B.B.A. and holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law.

Please join us in congratulating Judge G. Helen Whitener on this exceptional honor.

About Pierce County Superior Court:
Pierce County Superior Court is the second largest Superior Court in the State of Washington and is proud to serve the citizens and visitors of Pierce County.  The Court is staffed with 22 Judges and 9 Commissioners.  There are three sites where court is held; the County City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave S Tacoma, Remann Hall Juvenile Court at 5501 6th Ave Tacoma, and Western State Hospital at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.  For more information, please visit our website at

Media Contact:
Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator [email protected]

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