Justice Whitener is a national leader on access to justice issues and is often invited to speak to organizations locally, nationally, and internationally on human rights and the responsibility of the judiciary to ensure the right of all who appear before the court to be treated with dignity and respect in judicial proceedings.
Born and raised in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Justice Whitener earned her B.A. degree in Business Administration and International Marketing from Baruch College, New York, and received her J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law. Justice Whitener lives in Pierce County with her wife, attorney Lynn Rainey (CSM-US Army Ret).
- Chair WA state’s Annual Judicial Conference Planning Committee
- Appellate Court Representative to the Washington Supreme Court Interpreter Commission
- Former co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission
- Serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of LGBT (IALGBT) Judges
- Serves on the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee (OCLA)
- International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), member
- Nation Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), member
- American Judges Association, member
- Former Chair of the Superior Court Judges’ Association–Equity and Fairness Committee
- Washington Women Lawyers, judicial member
- Advisory Council for the QLAW Association of Washington, judicial member