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JUDGE HELEN WHITENER – KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Judge Whitener has practiced on the Pierce County Superior Court since January 2015. A former prosecutor and defense attorney, she is the second black female on her bench, the only black female judge on any court in Pierce County, and the first openly lesbian or gay judge. Born and raised in the beautiful Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, she is also the first immigrant-born judge on her bench. In June 2015, at the request of the US Embassy, she visited her home country to speak on human rights. Judge Whitener is vice-chair of the Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA): Equality and Fairness Committee; a judicial advisory council member for QLAW the LGBT Bar Association of Washington; and a member of the International Association of LGBT Judges, International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Women Judges, and the American Judges Association.She was appointed in 2017 to The State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission; chosen to teach Street Law at Lincoln High School in Tacoma during the 2017-2018 school year; and selected to be a faculty member of the Washington State Judicial College for a three-year term starting in 2019.

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