King County Superior Court Judge Mary I. Yu was appointed to the bench by Governor Gary Locke in April of 2000. Previously, 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 (of which she was co-chair for 2009), the State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission, and the board of directors for the King County Bar Association’s Future of the Law Institute, a program 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 for the 2008 -2009 academic year. She is the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association representative to the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, a member of the Superior Court Judge's Association Civil Law and Procedure committee (of which she was 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. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Washington Women Lawyers President's Award, the 2006 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington "Model of Excellence" Award, and the 2005 Seattle University School of Law Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award.