Whitney Rivera joined SCPDA in 2007 after working as a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Anita L. Farris in the Snohomish County Superior Court. Whitney earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and her J.D. at Boston College Law School. During law school, Whitney worked as a student attorney with the BC Defenders, representing clients charged with crimes in Dorchester District Court. Whitney also published a law review article addressing racial profiling police practices in Seattle.
In 2013, Whitney began working as an appellate public defender at the Washington Appellate Project. She returned to SCPDA and trial work the following year. Whitney received the Washington Defender Association President’s Award in 2009. She also received a WDA Certificate of Recognition in 2013. She has presented at statewide programs on social media evidence and objections during trial.
“I became a public defender because the amount of money in your bank account should not determine the quality of your defense. It is important to fight against the cavalier and punitive criminal justice system that perpetuates societal inequalities.”