Meet Helen Whitener, First Black Woman Judge To Serve On WA Supreme Court

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener has been appointed to an open seat on the Washington Supreme Court.

Meet Helen Whitener, First Black Woman Judge To Serve On WA Supreme Court

For the first time in Washington history, a Black woman justice will serve on the Washington Supreme Court.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener to an open position vacated by Justice Charles Wiggins who recently retired. She was selected from an original list of 11 applicants.

“Judge Whitener inspires lawyers and non-lawyers alike with her relentless work to raise awareness for matters of race, justice and equity,” Inslee said in a statement.

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