Dean Lum

Adjunct Professor


Judge Lum was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench in 1998 by Governor Gary Locke, and currently serves as the Court’s Chief Civil Judge. He has served in the Court’s civil, criminal and juvenile departments, has been the Chief Judge at the Regional Justice Center in Kent and currently serves on the Court’s Executive Committee. His past legal experience includes service as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the King County Prosecutor’s Office (1983-90) and practicing complex civil litigation as a partner/ shareholder in several Seattle law firms, including Forsberg & Umlauf and Bullivant Houser Bailey (1990-98).

Judge Lum has been very active in local, state and national bar associations, and lectures frequently on the topics of diversity, ethics and both trial and pretrial advocacy. He was President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington (1992), was the co-recipient of the 2000 Washington State Bar Association’s Affirmative Action Award and received the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2002. He has represented the King County Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates and on the ABA Standing Committee on Public Legal Education, was the 2004 Dean of the Washington State Judicial College and currently serves as a Commissioner on the Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission.




  • B.A., Pomona College, 1980
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1983


  • Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy