Tuesday, October 16, 2007

King County Superior Court at UW Law

The University of Washington's Moot Court Room will be a real courtroom on Friday when King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu convenes court to hear two summary judgment motions. Students are invited to observe the proceedings, bearing in mind that rules of courtroom decorum are stricter than those in the classroom (e.g., no snacking, no hats, no disruptions). Judge Yu to Hear Motions at UW Law School, News Release, Oct. 12, 2007.

A summary of the cases that Judge Yu will hear and a message about courtroom decorum are here.

This is a great opportunity. We've had appellate courts visit before, but this is our first visit by a trial court. It's easier for appellate courts to go on road, since trial courts have witnesses, jurors, interpreters, guards, and others to transport. Few trial courts travel even for motions practice, and I'm happy that Judge Yu does. (She takes her courtroom to Seattle U regularly.)

Judge Yu is President of the Judge Dwyer American Inn of Court, Seattle Chapter; chair of the Superior Court Judge’s Association Civil Law and Procedure Committee; and Assistant Dean for the 2008 Judicial College. She was received many awards -- notably the 2005 "Judge of the Year" award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter (ABOTA). For more about Judge Yu, see Beth Barrett Bloom, Profile: Judge Mary Yu -- Opening Doors and Passing on the Gifts of Mentorship, Bar Bull., Jan. 2006.

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