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Washington State Judge Helen Whitener is Honored

February 2, 2019 Judge G. Helen Whitener has received the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Diversity Award. The award recognizes her dedicated commitment to enhancing and promoting diversity within the legal profession and the Pierce County community. Also in February 2019, Judge Whitener was the keynote speaker for...

Charles Spain to Become First Openly LGBTQ Appellate Court Justice

November 7, 2018—Texas Judge Steven Kirkland is the bearer of great news from the Lone Star State. “We added five new out LGBT judges, re-elected one, and promoted two others," according to Judge Kirkland. "One of the promotions is Municipal Judge Charles Spain, who was...

Ray Warren—The Charlotte Judge Who Made History When He Came Out

October 23, 2018 (Charlotte Magazine) By Barry Yeoman “Gay.” That one word altered Ray Warren’s life when he came out in 1998. He was the first Republican elected official in the state to do so—a piece of history that’s been long overlooked.   [caption id="attachment_2895" align="alignnone" width="800"] Ray Warren...

First Openly Gay State Supreme Court Justice to Retire

September 13, 2018 (Portland Tribune)—Justice Rives Kistler, who became the first openly LGBT state supreme court justice in the nation when he was appointed in 2003, will retire from the Oregon Supreme Court on December 31. Kistler announced his retirement Monday, September 10, in a letter...

Judge Helen Whitener Named Co-chair of Minority & Justice Commission

September 21, 2018 (Pierce County, WA)—Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener has been elected co-chair of the Washington Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission, taking up the position after longtime co-chair, Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson, chose to step down. Justice Johnson served on...