Mary M. Cheh

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Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Mary M. Cheh joined the law school faculty in 1979 after being in private practice with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Kampelman in Washington, D.C., and serving as a law clerk to the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Professor Cheh teaches and writes primarily in the areas of constitutional law and criminal procedure. While on sabbatical leave in 1986, she served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. In an earlier leave in 1983, she did pro bono work for the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in South Africa. Professor Cheh has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice and the President’s Commission on Organized Crime. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on legal affairs.



BA, Rutgers University, Douglass College; JD, Rutgers University; LLM, Harvard University

In the News

"Hundreds Gather at Supreme Court Following Decision to Trample Reproductive Rights"

June 24, 2022
Mary M. Cheh was quoted by Washington City Paper regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson.

"Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh Abruptly Ends Reelection Bid"

February 11, 2022

Mary M. Cheh spoke to the Washington Post about ending her re-election campaign for the DC City council.

"Wait, Can Donald Trump Actually Cut Off Funding to My City Because It’s 'Anarchist'?"

September 04, 2020

Mary M. Cheh is quoted in Washingtonian about the legality of Trump's directive to restrict federal funding to certain US cities.

"Free or Not? Washingtonians Have Say on Fate of ’80s Kingpin"

June 22, 2019

Mary M. Cheh is quoted by the Associated Press on why prosecutors might reduce a prisoner's sentence because they cooperate with police.