Hon. Mary I. Yu
King County Superior Court, Seattle
HON. MARY I. YU was appointed judge by Governor Locke in April 2000. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and Director of the Peace and Social Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Judge Yu earned a B.A. degree in Theology from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Mundelein of Loyola University in Chicago and her J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame. A frequent speaker for legal education seminars, Judge Yu is also active in a variety of community and professional activities which include service on: the Board of Directors of FareStart, an organization devoted to assisting homeless individuals develop job skills in the culinary industry; the Board of Advisers of the Leadership Institute of the Washington State Bar Association; the Board of Trustees, King County Law Library; the State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission; and the Board of Directors, Future of the Law Institute, King County Bar Association. Judge Yu is Dean for the 2009 Washington State Judicial College; Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Seattle University School of Law, and Superior Court Judges Association representative to the American Bar Association, Judicial Division. She previously served as Past-President of the Judge Dwyer Inn of Court, Seattle chapter, and Chair of the Superior Court Judges Association Civil Law and Procedure Committee. Judge Yu was the recipient of the 2009 Norm Maleng Award from the Washington State Bar Association; the 2008 “Judge of the Year” award from the Asian Bar Association; the 2008 President’s Award from Washington Women Lawyers; the 2006 “Model of Excellence” Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; the 2005, “Judge of the Year” award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter (ABOTA); and the 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award from Seattle University School of Law.