Justice, Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Mary Yu served on the superior court bench from April 2000 until May 2014, when Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill a newly vacant Washington Supreme Court seat. 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, Justice Yu is also active in a variety of community and professional activities that 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. Justice Yu has received numerous awards during her distinguished career, including, most recently, the 2014 Washington State Association for Justice Judge of the Year Award, the 2012 President’s Award from the Asian Bar Association, the 2012 American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Difference Makers Award, and the 2011 Washington State Bar Association Judge of the Year Award (shared with now Justice Steven González). She has been a consultant and frequent presenter for Robert’s Fund since 2009.