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.
Kay’s mission is to ensure every Philadelphian is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
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