Honorable Mary I. Yu

Distinguished Jurist in Residence


Judge 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.

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 (co-chair for 2009);
  • the State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission; and
  • the Board of Directors, Future of the Law Institute, King County Bar Association; an organized effort to mentor young people from diverse backgrounds to consider the legal profession as a career.

Judge Yu was appointed Dean for the 2009 Judicial College and Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Seattle University School of Law (2008 -2009 academic year). She is the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association representative to the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association; member of the Superior Court Judge's Association Civil Law and Procedure (chair from 2005-2008); and Past-President of the Judge Dwyer American Inn of Court, Seattle Chapter

Judge Yu was recognized as the 2005 "Judge of the Year" by the American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter (ABOTA). She was also the recipient of the 2008 President's Award, Washington Women Lawyers; the 2006 "Model of Excellence" Award, the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; and the 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award, Seattle University School of Law.


Regional Justice Center
401 Fourth Avenue North
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 296.9275
E-mail: mary.yu@kingcounty.gov


  • B.A., Dominican University
  • M.A., Mundelein of Loyola University, Chicago
  • J.D., Notre Dame


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