Endorsed by Curators:
Courage is the Fuel and You are the Fire
Featuring Justice Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Judge
Justice Yu was raised on Chicagos South Side by immigrant parents; her mother came from Mexico and her father from China. Her experiences as a child gave her a heightened sense of the importance of education and working to shift cultural perceptions and boundaries. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and earned a masters degree in religious studiesas well as a law degree. She worked as the director for the Office of Peace and Justice of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, and has worked in a variety of roles in the Washington State justice system for over 17 years.
Now Justice Yu serves as the first openly gay justice on the Washington State Supreme Court, and she had the privilege of officiating at a handful of the first legal same-sex marriages in Washington in 2012. She has also served her community as a mentor, teacher, and board member throughout her life and inspires youth through participating in annual events, such as serving as a judge for the Seattle Girls School Mock Trials for more than a decade.
Justice Yu has received recognition for her thoughtful, fair, and collaborative approach to the law from organizations ranging from the Washington State Association for Justice to the Seattle Storm. She received, among many others, the 2016 "Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award" from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the 2016 "Imagine Justice" Award from Columbia Legal Services; the 2015 "Woman of the Year" from the Seattle University School of Law and Womens Law Caucus; and the 2014 "Judge of the Year" from the Washington State Association for Justice.
Come one, come allbring your friends, toofor light bites and libations (heavy appetizers and a no-host bar)as we learn from this remarkable woman how courage can change our world.
About Justice Yu
Mary Yu was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court on May 16, 2014, and subsequently elected. Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as an accomplished trial court judge in King County Superior Court where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases, and presided over hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters.
Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Yu served as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and as a deputy in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Before attending law school, Justice Yu worked in the Peace and Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago,first as staff and later as Director of that office following her appointment to the position by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
Justice Yu has an extensive record of service both on and off the bench, mentoring young attorneys, law clerks, and students; co-chairing the Courts Minority and Justice Commission; teaching at Seattle University School of Law and serving as Jurist in Residence; co-chairing the Washington State Bar Association/University of Washington Law School Leadership Institute; and serving on the board of FareStart and the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Laws Gates Public Service Program. She is personally devoted to the Civility Project of the Roberts Fund Foundation and to the Seattle Girls School Mock Trials, serving as their judge for the last 11 years.
Justice Yu was raised in Bridgeport, a South Side neighborhood in Chicago, by immigrant parents; her mother came from Mexico and her father from China. She is the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her B.A. from Dominican University, her M.A. in Religious Studies from Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago, and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Justice Yu is the first Asian, the first Latina, and the first member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court.
Justice Yu is the recipient of the following awards: 2016 "Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award" from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; 2016 "Imagine Justice" Award from Columbia Legal Services; 2016 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington; 2016 Seattle Womens Pride, Luminary Award; 2015 Seattle Storm, "Inspiring Women" award recipient; 2015 "Brava! Award" from the Womens University Club; 2015 "Woman of the Year" from the Seattle University School of Law and Womens Law Caucus; 2014 "Judge of the Year" from the Washington State Association for Justice; 2014 "Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year" Award from Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter; 2013 "Public Official of the Year" from the Municipal League Foundation; 2013 Latina/o Amicus Award from Seattle University School of Law Latina/o Law Student Association; 2012 "Presidents Award" from the Asian Bar Association of Washington; 2012 "Difference Makers Award" from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; the 2011 "Judge of the Year" award from the Washington State Bar Association (shared with Justice Gonzlez); 2011 Seattle Girls School Grace Hopper Award; 2009 Norm Maleng Award from the Washington State Bar Association; 2008 "Judge of the Year" from the Asian Bar Association; 2008 Presidents Award from Washington Women Lawyers; 2006 "Model of Excellence" Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; 2005 "Judge of the Year" award from the American Board of Trial Advocates; and 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award from Seattle University School of Law.
Justice Yu maintains residency in Seattle and Olympia..
Thursday, August 10th 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
*1105 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
When: Thursday October 12th 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Women's University Club, Seattle
There is a fee for this meetup, please go to www.wbex.org to registerHow to find us:www.wbex.org