Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 Seattle University School of Law established the Justice Mary I. Yu Endowed Scholarship
  • 2020 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington CZ Smith Trailblazer Award
  • 2019 Crosscut Courage in Elected Office Award
  • 2019 Established Leader Pride Award, City of Seattle
  • 2018 Voice of Social Justice Award from the Greater Seattle Business Association
  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Northwest Asian Weekly
  • 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 Women’s Pride, Luminary Award
  • 2015 Seattle Storm, Inspiring Women Award
  • 2015 Brava! Award from the Women’s University Club
  • 2015 Woman of the Year Award from the Seattle University School of Law and Women’s 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 Award from the Municipal League Foundation
  • 2013 Latina/o Amicus Award from Seattle University School of Law Latina/o Law Student Association
  • 2012 President’s Award from the Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • 2012 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
  • 2011 Judge of the Year Award from the Washington State Bar Association (shared with Justice González)
  • 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 President’s 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
  • 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award from Seattle University School of Law
  • 2000 Public Sector Professional Development Award, Seattle Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals
  • 2000 Work to End Domestic Violence Award, Eastside Domestic Violence Program
  • 1999 Outstanding Employee Service Award, King County Celebration of Women’s History Month
  • 1993 Distinguished Graduate Student Award, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • 1993 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award of the Notre Dame Law School, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • 1984 Caritas-Veritas Award, Annual Alumni Recognition Award, Dominican University