MEET KAY

Kay has a vision of running a courtroom where everyone is treated with decency and dignity, where there is respect for the rule of law and compassion for the people.

 
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For Kay Yu, the American Dream is built on fairness and Justice.

Kay’s mother brought her to the United States from Korea when she was a baby to find a better life. But when she was in middle school, her family faced the threat of deportation.

Years later, Kay argued her own case for citizenship and was sworn in as an American citizen the year she graduated from law school. Since that day, Kay has fought for civil rights, stronger communities, and equal opportunity.

Now Kay is running for judge to ensure every Philadelphian is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.


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As a judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Kay Yu will make sure justice is equally accessible for every person. That means treating each person with dignity and respect and ensuring that their voices are heard.

Kay has built her career on respect for the rule of law and a fundamental belief in fairness and equality.

That’s why she was:

  • Awarded the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Named a Woman of Distinction by the Legal Intelligencer

  • Named one of Pennsylvania’s Diversity Attorneys of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer and Law Weekly

  • Appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Chairperson of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

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RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

2018, Attorney of the Year Award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania

2018, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Recipient, Philadelphia Bar Association

2018, Philadelphia 76ers Tip of the Cap Award Recipient

AV Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

2010, Women of Distinction, Awarded by the Legal Intelligencer

2009, Named One of Pennsylvania’s Diversity Attorneys of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer and Law Weekly


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Commissioner, Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, 2015-2018

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1999-2018

Board Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, 2006-2018

Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association, Philadelphia Chapter, 2017-2018

Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2004-2018

Member, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, 2011-2015

Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2012-2014

Northeast Regional Governor Alternate, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011-2012

President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, 2008

Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, 2008-2010

Member, American Bar Association, 1993-2010

Member, ABA, Employee Benefits Committee, Labor and Employment Section (ABA EBC L&E Section), 2002-2010

Co-Chair, ABA EBC L&E Section, Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans, 2007-2010

Co-Chair, ABA EBC L&E Section, Retention Subcommittee, 2006

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2007-2010

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1999-2010

Member, Defense Research Institute, 1999-2004

Member, Asian American Women’s Coalition, 2008-2010


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

State of Conn., Juris No. 408707, Dec. 3, 1993

Commonwealth of Penn., Attorney I.D. No. 83701, Sept. 28, 1999

State of New York, Attorney Registration No. 5531710, Jun. 28, 2017

United States Supreme Court, Apr. 18, 2005

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dec. 10, 2007

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, May 13, 2003

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, July 14, 2000

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Dec. 20, 2002

United States District Court for the District of Conn., Mar. 14, 1994

United States District Court for the Western District of Mich., Dec. 10, 1999

United States District Court for the Southern District of N.Y., Dec. 12, 2000

United States District Court for the Eastern District of N.Y., Dec. 12, 2000

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pa., Dec. 1, 1999

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pa., Sept. 11, 2003

United States District Court for the Western District of Pa., Oct. 14, 2005