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.
(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
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.
subcommittee on criminal justice for the D.C. Circuit Court’s
Task Force on Gender
and Co-Director of the Animal Welfare Project, crafted policy
and model animal-welfare legislation, working alongside
community leaders, government officials, and legal experts
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
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.
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:
Rights/Civil Liberties Advocate --- Vice chair, ACLU Litigation
Screening Committee; Former member, ACLU Board; Author and
speaker, civil rights and civil liberties issues.
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.
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
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.