Shelby Morgan is a junior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Diplomacy from Sanford, Florida. Her favorite part of being involved in the Judicial Branch is that she has the opportunity to directly impact students’ experience at UCF alongside a supportive community of peers. In her time as an Associate Justice, she has served on both the Judicial Outreach as well as the Precedent committees. She has been involved in Student Government since her freshman year, starting in the SGLC program and then serving her sophomore year as the External Assistant Chief Justice. She is also a member of the President’s Leadership Council and is in the process of writing her Honors Undergraduate Thesis. After graduation, she hopes to either attain her Masters at a university in Washington DC or pursue a career in governmental affairs.
Associate Justice Lynn Van Kirk is a Senior majoring in Legal Studies with minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Lynn is the President of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and plays the Alto Saxophone in the Marching Knights Band. She is the Chair of the Judicial Experience Committee and a member of the Internal Rules Committee. Lynn says her favorite part of the Judicial Branch is “The ability to advise students on a personal basis”. Following graduation, she plans to attend law school and practice criminal law.
Kennedi Ray is a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, pursuing degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. She serves as the chair of the Internal Rules Committee and says that her favorite thing about the branch is meeting students and learning something new even as she helps them through their case. Outside of Student Government, Kennedi is a Resident Assistant at the Rosen College Apartments and a member of Honors Congress. She hopes to begin law school in Fall 2024 and become a USAF Attorney.
Justin Davis is a senior from Oviedo, Florida, and is serving his first year on the Judicial Branch. He is majoring in Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, and Political Science, planning to apply to and attend law school following graduation. Outside of Student Government, Justin is involved in the Burnett Honors College, the President’s Leadership Council, Knights of Distinction, Neuroscience Alliance, Student Athlete Tutoring, is a TA for Social Psychology, and interns for a defense attorney in Orlando. His favorite part of the branch is the awesome people!
Yuka Kimura is a junior working to major in Health Sciences with a minor in Global Peace and Security at UCF. Yuka has spent most of her life in Memphis, TN, until she moved to Orlando for UCF. Yuka has been a member of the Precedent Committee and Internal Rules Committee, and she is planning on joining the Judicial Outreach Committee this year. One of the parts she likes most about Judicial is the unique collaboration and exchange of diverse perspectives within the Branch. Outside of Student Government, she is involved with the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, the Korean Culture Club, and her research lab with the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences – participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program and presenting at the American Heart Association’s Annual Research Day at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions 2023 in Boston. After graduation, Yuka hopes to go to medical school or graduate school programs where she can continue her research.
Chief Justice Lisyibet Silva is a senior from Coral Springs, Florida, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Spanish for the Legal World. She started her journey in Student Government as part of the 2021-22 SGLC cohort. She then went on to serve as Associate Justice in Spring 2022, and as Internal Assistant Chief Justice for the 2022-23 Judicial Council. She now has the honor of serving UCF as the Chief Justice—the chief administrative officer and leader of the Judicial Council. She oversees the several operational arms of the Judicial Branch, the Assistant Chief Justices, and the Judicial committees. Her favorite part of the Branch is the impartial advising services because of the one-on-one connections with students guiding them through sensitive University hearings.
Ayaka Kimura is a junior majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Statistics and a certificate in Medical Transcription from Memphis, TN. During her time at UCF, Ayaka has been involved with the LEAD Scholars Academy, the Multicultural Association of Pre-health Students, and the Korean Culture Club. As an aspiring physician and researcher, she also spends a lot of her time doing research at Lake Nona. Her favorite part of the branch is working on making the Judicial Branch more accessible to all students, which is something she has been interested in. Last year, she had the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Precedent and IRC Committees, and she is excited to join the Judicial Outreach Committee this year to help plan more outreach events.
Andrew Collazo Borges is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology from Lares, Puerto Rico. Justice Collazo Borges currently serves on the Judicial Outreach Committee, Internal Rules Committee, and Latin/Hispanic Caucus. As a Justice, one initiative he advocates for is an increased awareness of impartial advising. He intends to create an impartial advising tracker on the official UCF Student Government website. His favorite part about the branch is serving as a mentor to members of the Student Government Leadership Council. Outside of Student Government, he serves as an Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador. After graduation he intends to work in Governmental Affairs.
Taylor Calfee is a sophomore from Sarasota, Florida majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. Throughout her time at UCF, she volunteers at women’s clinics and sits as a member of the Women’s Caucus. She serves on the Precedent Committee, Judicial Experience Committee, and Judicial Outreach Committee. Her favorite part of the Judicial Branch is having the ability to assist the student body through the appeals processes and impartial advising. Her goals after graduation is to attend law school with a dream career of becoming a judge.
Internal Assistant Chief Justice Jake Hanson is a senior from Sarasota, Florida, majoring in Political Science (International Relations) with a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Anthropology in Global Health. Outside of Student Government, Jake is a Burnett Honors Scholar, an Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador, and serves on the President’s Leadership Council. Within the Judicial Branch, his role as the Internal Assistant varies between maintaining council records and operations, as well as serving as one of the coordinators for the SGLC and JLC programs. Previously serving as the Judicial Experience Committee Chair, Jake’s favorite thing about the Judicial Branch is working one-on-one with students and promoting student rights on campus. Following graduation, Jake hopes to pursue a graduate degree in foreign policy and global health.