Jeri Zeder, Writer
Zeder, JD, has been contributing to BC Law Magazine since 1998. Her articles include the story of an alumnus who won the release of Guantánamo prisoners, a community enterprise program for minority-owned start-ups, and a human rights case instigated by student activists that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Her two feature stories in this issue touch on prosecutorial overreach and challenges to constitutional democracy. “What I took away from my interviews with Professor Vlad Perju is that perhaps the most important check-and-balance on power is the self-restraint that those in power impose upon themselves. What I learned from alumnae Vera and Chanterelle Sung is that, when those in power fail to exercise appropriate restraint, it is up to ordinary people to insist that they do.”
Tony Luong, Photographer
Luong is a Boston-based photograher who received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in various magazines such as Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Dwell, New York Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, and Wired. When the time is right, he enjoys making a quality negroni. Photographing at Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Manhattan’s Chinatown for this issue was not only inspiring but also very rewarding. “Being Vietnamese and growing up with my parents owning a small business similar to Abacus’ primary clientele, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of solidarity while spending the day with the Sung family. I couldn’t be more proud of presenting their story to the world.” His previous assignment for BC Law Magazine included a portrait of visiting professor Martin O’Malley.
Diana Levine, Photographer
A Boston-based advertising and editorial photographer, Levine has photographed many notable personalities: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Patti LaBelle, One Direction, New Kids on the Block, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and more. Her clients include Converse, Spotify, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and MTV. For this issue, she photographed five 1Ls whose admission essays helped them get into BC Law. “It was a blast photographing this assignment. Within seconds of my shoot with Erika Craven, I knew she must be a performer, so it didn’t surprise me that she was a Disney on Ice star before starting her journey into law. I loved hearing about each student’s background and how they chose law. I grew up visiting my Dad (an attorney) at court and in his office, so I felt right at home on the law campus.”
Maura King Scully, Writer
Scully is an award-winning writer who specializes in higher education and is a regular “In the Field” contributor to BC Law Magazine. For this issue, she learned a lot about Rolls-Royce—including that the company no longer makes cars—from Tom Dale ’82, executive vice president and general counsel of Rolls-Royce North America. Keeping pace with financial securities law expert Xiomara Corral ’87 offered a glimpse into why her “the grass is greener” career approach has paid dividends. As with every issue, Scully enjoyed finding out what makes BC Law graduates so successful in a variety of fields. And, Kevin Carome ’78, senior managing director and general counsel at Invesco Ltd. “made clear that if you love what you’re doing, every day offers a new learning opportunity.”