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THE JUSTICES

WHAT WE DO

The Boston University Student Government Justices have the authority to interpret and enforce the Constitution. They maintain lasting records of binding constitutional developments for use by future officers and must remain impartial at all times. The Justices attend every Senate meeting in order to provide advice to the Executive Board and the Senate on all proposed constitutional amendments, by-laws, and resolutions. The Judicial Commission establishes a neutral oversight over the Student Election Commission to ensure a fair and legitimate election.

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ILANA KEUSH

CHIEF JUSTICE
Office Hours: Thurs 11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Hello! My name is Ilana Keusch and I am a junior studying political science in CAS from Miami, FL. I am so honored and excited to serve as Chief Justice this year and I have so much love for the Judicial Branch! Ever since my freshman year, I have been a part of Judicial in some way and it’s so surreal to be leading it this year. When I’m not Chief Justice-ing, I work as a Communications Intern for the Boston Public Library Fund. One of the coolest things about my job is my office in the old wing of the BPL! I also love to bake anything and everything so you can find me in my kitchen during my free time. I am so excited for the incredible year ahead.

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RUHIKA PONDA

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE

Hello everyone! My name is Ruhika and I am so excited to be an Associate Justice this year! I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English with a minor in Core. I grew up in New York City (and I am partial to NY bagels & pizza), but I also I love exploring restaurants in Boston. On campus, I am an editor for The Politica’s publication and the Pre-Law Review. I also write for the Boston Political Review and am doing research with a professor in Classics/Core. I previously served as a committee staffer for the Senate Rules Committee and I look forward to drawing from that experience in my new role as a justice. This past summer, I had the privilege of interning in the NYC Judiciary system with a criminal court judge and working for a criminal defense attorney. In my free time, I enjoy reading, finding new coffee shops with friends, and solving giant puzzles. I am also an MMA black belt! This upcoming year, I look forward to collaborating with my fellow justices to fairly and impartially interpret and enforce the BU Constitution.

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BEN KLEIN

DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE

Hello! My name is Ben Klein and I am thrilled to act as Deputy Chief Justice for the 2022-2023 year! I am a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Political Science with minors in Public Policy Analysis and History. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA (go birds!). On campus, I also serve as President of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Hosts and I write for the U.S. politics section of the BU political review. Up until this year, I worked as a representative for the Judicial Advisory Commission in Student Government, where I helped digitize our archives, and wrote various semester reports on a number of issues such as textbook affordability and student voting initiatives. My previous work experience includes internships at a D.C. lobbying firm, an immigrations rights nonprofit, and a voter education organization. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and reading historical fiction literature. This year, I'm looking forward to working with my esteemed team of Justices to respond effectively to judicial situations as they arise. My goal is to prioritize inter-branch communications, so we can promote transparency and guarantee the productive resolution of disputes.

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EMILY WRIGHT

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE

Hi BU! My name is Emily Wright, I’m from outside of Philadelphia, PA, and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Political Science. After serving on the Student Elections Commission last year, I am super excited to serve as an Associate Justice this year and I can’t wait to work more closely with other branches of Student Government. In addition to Student Government, I am also a member of BU’s International Relations professional fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon, and I work as a writing tutor in the CAS Writing Center. This past summer, I completed a research internship on an organic research farm in Pennsylvania where I was able to learn a lot about sustainable agricultural practices. Outside of school and my extracurriculars, you can find me in the depths of Mugar Memorial Library or exploring different flea markets in Boston.