General Election: November 4, 2014

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Mary Yu


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Mary Yu

Legal/Judicial Experience: Current Supreme Court Justice. Fourteen years as a trial court judge. Served as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and Deputy in the Civil and Criminal Divisions.

Other Professional Experience: Instructor and Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Seattle University School of Law. Director, Office for Ministry of Peace and Justice, Archdiocese of Chicago. Co-Chair, Washington State Minority and Justice Commission.

Education: B.A., Dominican University. M.A., Theology, Mundelein of Loyola University. J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School.

Community Service: Distinguished speaker on civility in the legal profession and reducing financial barriers to courts. Mentor to minority and disadvantaged students. Boardmember of FareStart.

Statement: Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after serving for fourteen years as a highly respected Superior Court judge, where she presided over both criminal and civil cases, including hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters.

As a trial court judge, she was known for treating everyone with respect and fairness, approaching each case with an open mind, understanding that each decision a judge makes impacts someone’s life, and paying careful attention to the law.

Because of her experience, integrity, and impartiality, she has received numerous awards including “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice, King County Washington Women Lawyers, and the Washington State Bar Association; and “Public Official of the Year” from the Municipal League Foundation. Justice Yu received the highest possible rating - Exceptionally Well Qualified - from all six bar associations that rated her.

Justice Yu is dedicated to improving access to justice and protecting individual rights for all. She is endorsed by hundreds of current and former justices and judges, elected leaders, Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, National Women’s Political Caucus, Washington State Labor Council, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and thousands of civic leaders, small business owners and community members across the state.

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Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Exceptionally
Well Qualiified
King County Bar Association *
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
Well Qualiified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualiified
Loren Miller Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualiified
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
Association of Washington
Well Qualiified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualiified

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Seattle Times

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