Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu ’79 delivers commencement speech at CWU

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June 3, 2016

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu ’79 served as the commencement speaker at Central Washington University. Yu spoke at multiple CWU ceremonies over the weekend of June 11-12. 

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, M.A. in religious studies from Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago, and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Yu joined the Supreme Court in 2014 after more than 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court. She presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases, and hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters.

Prior to becoming a judge, 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, Yu worked in the Peace and Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago first as staff, and later was appointed by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as director of the office.

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