Mary I. Yu

Mary I. Yu
Judge of the King County Superior Court
Assumed office
Appointed by Gary Locke
Preceded by Janice Niemi
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Dominican University (B.A.)
Mundelein of Loyola University (M.A.)
Notre Dame Law School (J.D.)

Mary I. Yu is a judge of the King County Superior Court.


Early life and education

Yu was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Chinese father and Mexican mother.[1] She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1975.[2] Yu then attended Dominican University and graduated in 1979 with a degree in theology.[2] In 1989, Yu earned a graduate degree in theology from Mundelein of Loyola University.[2]

After completing her undergraduate education, Yu went to work for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.[3] She was initially hired by father Francis J. Kane as a secretary for the Office of Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago, but eventually rose to become director of the Office of Peace and Justice.[2][4]

Yu enrolled at Notre Dame Law School in 1990.[4] She graduated with her law degree in 1993.[2]

Legal career and judicial service

In 1999, King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng named Yu as his deputy chief of staff.[1]

In 2000, Washington Governor Gary Locke appointed Yu to replace retiring judge Janice Niemi on the King County Superior Court.[5]

Yu was considered a leading contender to replace Justice Bobbe Bridge on the Washington Supreme Court when Bridge retired in December 2007.[6] Ultimately, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Debra L. Stephens to fill the vacancy.[6]


Yu resides with her partner in West Seattle, Washington.[4]


  1. ^ a b Ronald K. Fitten, Top Prosecutor Is 'On Mission In Life' -- What Drives Her Is Need To Serve, The Seattle Times (June 7, 1999).
  2. ^ a b c d e Deborah D. Fleck, Mary I. Yu: Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney, Equal Justice Newsletter: Volume 3, Number 1 (March 2000).
  3. ^ Maureen O'Hagan, A special ruling: judge of the year, The Seattle Times (November 26, 2005).
  4. ^ a b c Beth Barrett Bloom, Profile: Judge Mary Yu - Opening Doors and Passing on the Gifts of Mentorship, King County Bar Association.
  5. ^ Alex Fryer, Governor fills 3 positions on court for King County, The Seattle Times (March 2, 2000).
  6. ^ a b David Ammons, Gregoire picks Spokane jurist for high court, Associated Press (December 4, 2007).

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