Mary Cheh is a tenured law professor at The George Washington University, with professional experience working with the D.C. Council. Mary is known as a common-sense investigator with a firm belief in the power of oversight and accountability. She has a record of providing real solutions and making government and institutions work better.

Worked (pro bono) alongside Council Member Kathy Patterson for almost a year as special counsel to the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into police handling of protests and undercover operations.

Report on police found poor management, inadequate standards and supervision, and illegal acts; resulted in model legislation that protects citizen’s rights and provides police officers with clear guidelines.

Chaired subcommittee on criminal justice for the D.C. Circuit Court’s Task Force on Gender

Founder and Co-Director of the Animal Welfare Project, crafted policy and model animal-welfare legislation, working alongside community leaders, government officials, and legal experts

Worked to make GW a welcoming and productive environment for teachers, students, and employees; revised the University’s policy on sexual harassment, lobbied successfully to change University policy to include sexual orientation as a prohibited basis for discrimination, and revised the University's grievance procedures.

Chairs the GW Law Public Interest Committee, which assists students in providing legal services to the underserved; oversees a project with the Anacostia Watershed Society to monitor pollution-control consent decree; honored by the University with an award for community service and by students with a teaching award from the Law Association for Women.

Mary Cheh is a long-time resident of Ward 3, with deep roots in the community. She and her husband, Neil Lewis, a journalist, moved to Washington in the late 1970s. In 1986 they moved from Cleveland Park to their current home in Forest Hills. Mary and Neil’s two daughters, Jane and Nora, were born and raised here, both attending Murch Elementary and Georgetown Day School. Mary is a former member of the Murch after-school board, a Stoddert soccer coach (and a licensed referee), and member of the Stoddert board. Mary has been active in many civic and community projects, including:

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Advocate --- Vice chair, ACLU Litigation Screening Committee; Former member, ACLU Board; Author and speaker, civil rights and civil liberties issues.

Criminal Justice Expert --- Former prosecutor, consultant to the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, and the National Institute of Justice; member, Rules Committee, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; member, National Institute of Military Justice.

Involvement in community schools --- For many years, taught a constitutional law unit in the Georgetown Day 8th grade constitutional law project, and taught "street law" at the School Without Walls; board member, Murch Elementary after-school program.

International Law Reform Work --- Civil rights work for the Center for Applied Legal Studies, South Africa; Privatization project, Tajikistan; Criminal Justice Reform, Bosnia; Commentaries for Criminal Procedure Code, for Kosovo.

 

 

 


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