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g. Helen WhitenerDepartment 11
  • Judge: G. Helen Whitener
  • Elected / Appointed: January 13, 2015   

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D. 1998 
  • Baruch College, City University of New York, B.B.A. 1988 

Career Highlights

  • January 2015, appointed to Pierce County Superior Court, by Governor Jay Inslee 
  • 2013 - 2015 Industrial Insurance Appeals Judge, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals 
  • 2005 - 2013 Managing Partner, Whitener Rainey Writt PS.
  • 2003 - 2005 Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2001 - 2003 Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel Attorney
  • 2000 – 2001 Island County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1999 – 2000 Assistant City of Olympia Prosecuting Attorney

Professional Affiliations, Committees, Awards:

  • Pierce County Superior Court Committee Memberships: 
    • Pro Tem Judge/Commissioner Committee
    • GAL/26.09; Criminal Plus Committee
    • Criminal Procedures Committee
    • Chair, County Courthouse Security Committee
    • Judicial Education Committee
  • Superior Court Judge Association: Equality and Fairness Committee
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Washington Women Lawyers        

Civic Involvement

  • Speaker on Access to Justice and Human Rights
  • Washington State YMCA High School Mock Trial, Volunteer Judge
  • Law Day participant at middle and high schools
  • Q-Law Advisory Board, Judicial Member
  • City Club of Tacoma, Member
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, Member
  • Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel, Advisory Board Member, 2005-2009
  • People of Color Against Aids Network, Member, 1995-1998
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