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Mary Yu


Washington Supreme Court

Position One


Mary Yu

Legal/Judicial Experience: Supreme Court Justice; fourteen years as trial judge; Instructor and Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Seattle University School of Law; seven years, King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Other Professional Experience: Co-Chair, Minority and Justice Commission; Advisory Board, UW Gates Law Scholars Program; Director, Peace and Justice Office, Archdiocese of Chicago.

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

Community Service: Co-Chair, WSBA-UW Leadership Institute; Boardmember FareStart; distinguished speaker on civility in the legal profession, access to justice, and reducing court financial barriers. Mentor to minority and disadvantaged students statewide.

Statement: Justice Yu joined the Court after fourteen years as a highly respected trial judge, where she presided over both criminal and civil cases, including hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters. Her experience as a trial court judge makes her uniquely qualified to understand how the law is actually applied to ordinary people and the importance of clear court decisions that follow the law and protect our constitution, whether respecting individual privacy or requiring open government.

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

Justice Yu is dedicated to improving our system of justice so that it delivers equal justice to all regardless of who you are. She is endorsed by current and former judges, elected leaders, Women’s Political Caucus, State Labor Council, Firefighters, Housing Alliance Action Fund, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, law enforcement, civic leaders, teachers, nurses, business owners and ordinary citizens statewide.

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Opponent: David DeWolf
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The Columbian  
The Olympian  
Seattle Times  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-Cities Herald  
Yakima Herald  


Media stories:

    October 26, 2016
Spokesman Review   Big money fuels contentious Washington Supreme Court races
    October 6, 2016
Pacific Northwest
  Ballot box justice
    August 16, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices decry tactics
    August 11, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices to visit Jefferson County on Friday
    August 6, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Supreme Court candidates face off in Kitsap
    August 1, 2016
Walla Walla
  Why are state Supreme Court judges elected?
    July 13, 2016
Columbia Basin Herald   Supreme Court candidate talks candidacy, McCleary
    June 27, 2016
NBC Right Now   Washington Supreme Court justices stop in Yakima
    June 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
    May 27, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Celebrate competitive state Supreme Court races
    May 19, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Supreme Court challengers appear at Republican state convention

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