2018 Commencement Speaker

Justice Mary Yu

The University of Washington Bothell is honored to welcome Justice Mary Yu to Safeco Field on Sunday, June 10 for the University's 27th commencement ceremony. 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 Court's Minority and Justice Commission; chairs the State's Board for Judicial Administration Public Trust and Confidence Committee; 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 Law's Gates Public Service Program. She is personally devoted to the Civility Project of the Robert's Fund Foundation and to the Seattle Girls' School Mock Trials, serving as their judge for the last 14 years. Justice Yu is a member of the American Law Institute.

Read Justice Yu's complete biography