Artist Biographies

Sara Guardino Colket '01
Since graduating from NUSL in 2001, I have steadily moved down the corporate ladder.  Starting first as a litigator at a large firm, then at a smaller one, I moved into academics and then settled happily into life as a mother of two and part-time photographer specializing in weddings and events.

My photography style combines elements of my own personality - a mixture of the traditional and the artistic, with a touch of the avant garde.  I infuse my work with another large dose of who I am - a kind soul with an easygoing demeanor and sense of humor.  My goal is to have the camera capture the world as my eyes see it and to freeze moments in time for my clients on the most important day of their lives.

I live in Sudbury, MA with my husband Jeff and our daughters Lucy and Phoebe, whose eyes are my truest source of inspiration.

Sara Colkert- Tryptych

Carol Daynard

“My work is about the dance of life, my own and others. It is about my family, my friends, those whose lives I’ve touched whether intimately or in passing. It is the crowd — the individual and the other. Much of the content reflects the examination of the individual in her own context.”

Carol received her BA from Wells College in 1968, her MEd and EdD. from Boston University in 1970 and 1980; respectively; and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2009. She currently serves as a governor of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and served as vice president of the Massachusetts Standing Committee for the National Museum of Women and the Arts in 2010. Carol resides in Boston with her husband Richard Daynard, a professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law.

Carol Daynard

Jon Edwards ’82
“While my work is based in the documentary genre, I look for the mysterious, dark or quiet moments, as well as those that are representative of the lives I photograph. It is my goal to create images that transcend the particular place and person, and share what is common to us all. During these projects, I left the full-time practice of civil rights and environmental law, and began exploring, in depth, what drives these individuals. What began as an intellectual pursuit, documenting traditional and vanishing ways of life, has instead become a life-changing, artistic journey celebrating these unique individuals and the places they live.”

Jon received his MFA in photography from Rockport College in 2007, his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1982, and his BA from Antioch College in 1976. His collections are featured at many places, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine; Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine; and the Bruce Brown Collection of Contemporary American Prints in Portland, Maine. Jon currently resides in South Freeport, Maine.

The Howard Barn and Orchard

Hon. Carolynn Fischel ’76
While working as an administrative judge in Massachusetts, Carolynn Fischel met and began to study painting with artist Ilona Royce-Smithkin. Ilona is an impressionist painter of national stature; portraitist to America's celebrities and statesmen, and past host of three educational television series on fine painting. "Ilona Upstairs" won first prize as a documentary at the Provincetown International Film Festival in June 2005. Under Ilona's masterful teaching, oil and watercolor painting rapidly became Carolynn's passion.

Carolynn's extensive collection features cottages, dunes and harbors of Cape Cod, where she summers. At home, in Boston and Cambridge, she depicts antique bridges, buildings, and people at play. Her work has become increasingly noticed and shown in galleries, restaurants and major events, both locally in Boston and on Cape Cod. Carolynn's work was featured in The Boston Globe on May 25, 2000, and in the Boston Law Tribune in March 5, 2001. Carolynn currently resides in Leawood, Kansas, and is a 1976 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.


Judith Hoersting
Judith Hoersting’s artwork has appeared in the White House as well as the United States Capitol and the hallowed Halls of Northeastern Law School. Ms. Hoersting studied at Yale, The Cape Cod School of Art, University of Alaska and Johnson State College. She holds an MFA in Studio Art. Judith maintains studios in Anchorage, Alaska and in Portland, Oregon..for when the Midnight Sun turns into the Noon Moon.  She is married to Jeff Lowenfels, Class of '75.

Photo of Judith Hoersting's painting

Ted Lieverman ’78
Ted Lieverman is a free-lance photographer working independently and with NGOs and nonprofits on issues of conflict and social justice. He has photographed in Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador and Cuba. His photos have been published by Consortium News, Global Post and several legal publications. He is a photographer for Northstar Productions in Fairfax, Virginia, and an associate producer for the documentary film “Guazapa: Yesterday’s Enemies”. He lives in Philadelphia.

In his other life, Ted is a labor union and class action attorney. He is a partner at Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C., and is a 1978 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

Ted Lieverman Photo

Max Stern
“I have been taking pictures most of my life. I owe my relationship with the camera to my father; bypassing the Brownie, he taught me technique, production, composition, foresight and artistry. These are skills that I would eventually put to good use as a trial lawyer, which for three decades has been my ‘real’ job. And vice versa. A photographer friend once remarked that the only thing a photographer adds to reality is a unique point of view — what he or she chooses to shoot, how she situates the lens, or crops the image. One's photographs reflect who he is.  ot surprisingly, perhaps, my favorite images resemble circumstantial evidence in a trial: they depict the artifacts of human circumstance — things made or left behind, to be decoded by later witnesses to the scene .…”

Max is a graduate of  Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Vermont. He is an artist member of the Copley Society of Art. He also practices law with the Boston firm Stern Shapiro Weissberg and Garin, LLP  (, which publishes an annual calendar of his images from around the world. He resides in Brookline with his family and his wife, Margaret Burnham, a member of the faculty of Northeastern University School of Law.

Max Stern Photo

Sally Whelan
"I am primarily a landscape painter working in pen and ink, watercolor and oil. Using drawings done on site, I paint in the studio to arrive at an image that, if successful, conveys the sensual and emotional response that the landscape first evoked in me.  The challenge is to make a painting that integrates the inner and outer landscape." 

Sally Whelan received her visual arts training from Boston’s renowned painter and teacher, Albert Alcalay.  A private student of his from 1980 – 1990, Sally was also a teaching assistant to Albert and to painter Harvey Quaytman at the Harvard University Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. 

Sally has paintings in private collections across the United States and has exhibited in group shows with the Cambridge Art Association at University Place and Cambridge Art Association at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; the Art Auction to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Society; a two person show with Albert Alcalay at On the Vineyard Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard; and one person shows with Newton Open Studios, the Cambridge Public Library, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.  Sally also had a lot fun working with former NUSL Assistant Dean and Director of Cooperative Legal Education, Alice Alexander, on a private exhibition in Alice’s home. 

Sally Whelan - Garlanded Hill IIGarlanded Hill II, 2001 

Dennis Witnauer

Dennis Witnauer grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. As an architecture student he was selected to participate in a foreign study program in Italy. It was during this time of travel in Europe that Dennis discovered his interest in painting. After graduation, he worked in the post-modernist architecture firm Arquitectonica and began showing his paintings in gallery exhibitions. In 1998, he chose to live in the quiet, natural beauty of Cape Cod in order to begin a focused self study of painting. It was then that designing houses became secondary to art for Dennis. His paintings have been featured in New American Paintings and are exhibited widely throughout the U.S and Canada.

After spending a few years in NYC, he now lives and works in Wellfleet, MA with his wife, Jennifer Subrin and their daughter, Niev.