Previous Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners 2008-2017


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YOU, THE VOTER
How Far Have We Come? Is the Journey Over

CUNY

Ralph Romanelli
1st Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Christine Mooney

Joseph Fornataro
2nd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Christine Mooney

Zhenxian Li
3rd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Christine Mooney

SUNY

Danielle Kinney
1st Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Charles Scruggs

Anna Lewis
2nd Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Charles Scruggs

Shannon Dent
3rd Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Charles Scruggs

Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners at the 2017 Court of Appeals' Law Day. L to R: Joseph Fornataro (CUNY 2nd Place), Ralph Romanelli (CUNY 1st Place), Anna Lewis (SUNY 2nd Place)

Court of Appeals judges Eugene Fahey (far left) & Leslie Stein (far right) congratulate three of the 2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners (Center, L-R: Joseph Fornataro, Ralph Romanelli & Anna Lewis) during special luncheon in their honor.


2016
YOU THE JUROR
What role does jury duty service play in our democracy?

CUNY

Daniel Savitz
1st Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Leslie Francis

Wai Shan Ng
2nd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Leslie Francis

Mavis Duncan-Dyer
3rd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Theodore Rosen

SUNY

Jessica Martin
1st Prize Winner
Genesee Community College

Jessica Wickham
2nd Prize Winner
Onondaga Community College

Ashlee Dow
3rd Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Charles Scruggs

First prize CUNY winner Daniel Savitz with Executive Director of the Society Marilyn Marcus at a luncheon in honor of the winners at the Court of Appeals' Law Day

Society Executive Director Marilyn Marcus with first prize SUNY winner Jessica Martin. We hosted a special luncheon in honor of the winners at the Court of Appeals' Law Day where family members of the winners joined us along with some of the staff and judges of New York's highest court.


2015
LGBT: The Road to Equality
How have the New York Courts addressed equal Human Rights for the LGBT Community?

NY State Community College Grand Prize

Jessica Cherry

Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Charles Scruggs

CUNY Community College Prize

Joshua Cruz

Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Adam Leudtke

SUNY Community College Prize

Evan Eckfeld

Westchester Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Kristyan Rose Gilmore

Honorable Mentions

Brooke Astarita, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Adam Leudtke | Diana Benavidez, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Linda Meltzer | Steve Brewer, Cayuga Community College, Prof. Gregory Sevik | Christopher Chang, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Linda Meltzer | Constance Eadie, Genesee Community College, Prof. Charles Scruggs | Melanie Hecker, Hudson Valley Community College, Prof. Valerie Lang Waldin | Ferany Kumar, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Aaron Pakow, Kingsborough Community College | Vidisha Patel, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Theodore Rosen | Cameron Vedder, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Prof. Lisa Ford | Avraham Weiss, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Linda Meltzer

Judge Jenny Rivera reads the winning essays at the Law Day Ceremony in the Court of Appeals

Judge Rivera with the Garfinkel award winners. L to R: Evan Eckfeld (SUNY Prize Winner), Jessica Cherry (Grand Prize Winner), & Joshua Cruz (CUNY Prize Winner)


2014
Who Watches the Watchers? Free Speech and Free Press in the Electronic Age

NY State Community College Grand Prize

Zachary Field

Onondaga Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. David Deacon

CUNY Community College Prize        

Lida Ramos Arce

Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Leslie Francis

SUNY Community College Prize         

Rhonda Parker

Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Charles Scruggs

Honorable Mentions

Claire Albrecht, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Leslie Francis | Wei Bin Bai, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Maisey Loucks, SUNY Adirondack, Dr. John Arpey | Eileen McDonagh, Nassau Community College, Prof. Ann Harrison | Ryan Polito, Onondaga Community College, Prof. Rich Jarrett | Amanda Seepersaud, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Erwin Soria, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christne Mooney | Daniela Teshima Valenzuela, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Stephen Hammel | Rebecca Woodruff, Genesee Community College, Prof. Charles Scruggs | Mirkala Zuna, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney

Left to Right: Frances Murray (Court of Appeals), Michael Benowitz (Assistant Director), Marilyn Marcus (Executive Director), Prof. David Deacon (Onondaga CC), Zachary Field (Grand Prize Winner), Dr. Jonas Falik (Queensborough CC), Hon. Jenny Rivera (Court of Appeals), Lida Ramos Arce (CUNY Prize Winner), Rhonda Parker (SUNY Prize Winner), Prof. Leslie Francis (Queensborough CC), Prof. Karen Wicka (Genesee CC)

Winners of the 2014 David A. Garfinkel Contest with Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals Jenny Rivera


2013
Cyberspace and the Law:
What are Our Rights and Responsibilities?

NY State Community College Grand Prize

Josh Pawlikowski

Mohawk Valley Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. David Katz

CUNY Community College Prize

Ruby Singh

Queensborough Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Christine Mooney

SUNY Community College Prize

Zachary Field

Onondaga Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Mary Bogin & Inst. David Hines

Honorable Mentions

Husni Abdelqader, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Adam Luedtke | Benjamin Berry, Genesee Community College, Prof. Charles Scruggs | Kristi Diaz, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Gina DiGiovanni, Westchester Community College, Prof. David Wedlick | Jeinson Espinosa, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Stephen Hammel | Robert Johnson, Monroe Community College, Prof. Elizabeth Clifford | Beatrice LaViscount, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Daniel Vincent Marrano, Adirondack Community College, Prof. John W. Arpey | Christian Meyers, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Prof. Andrew Gottlieb | Farah Naz, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Stephen Hammel | Diane Notar, Erie Community College, Instr. Aaron Thomas | Sara Sahibzada, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Nicholas Van Nostrand, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Prof. Stephen Astmann & Instr. Theodore Marotta

Seated (L to R): Hon. Fern Fisher (Deputy Chief Admin. Judge), Ruby Singh (CUNY Prize Winner)

Standing (L to R): Prof. David Katz, III (Mohawk Valley CC), Michael Benowitz (Assistant Director), David Hines (Onondaga CC), Zachary Field (SUNY Prize Winner), Marilyn Marcus (Executive Director), Frances Murray (Court of Appeals Chief Reference Attorney), Dr. Jonas Falik (Queensborough CC), Josh Pawlikowski (Grand Prize Winner), Prof. John Luby (Queensborough CC)

Winners of the 2013 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship accepting their awards


2012
The Blue and the Gray:
New York During the Civil War

First Prize

Rodney Schuyler

Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Theodore Marotta

Second Prize

Mary Erckert

Erie Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Robert Caputi

Third Prize

Amanda Griffin

Genesee Community College
Faculty Advisor - Prof. Charles Scruggs

Honorable Mentions

Jeremy Michael Fletcher, Onondaga Community College, Prof. Michele Ley | Cassandra L. Grice, Genesee Community College, Prof. Charles L. Scruggs | Megan Henry, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Rebekah Kimble, Schenectady County Community College, Prof. Evelyn Rybaltowski | Rachelle Lear, Onondaga Community College, Prof. David Hines | Jordan Valerino, Onondaga Community College, Prof. David Hines | Beatrice LaViscount, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney | Alexandra Woodruff, Jefferson Community College

L to R Bottom Row: Amanda Griffin (3rd Place Genesee CC), Mary Erckert (2nd Place,Erie CC), Rodney Schulyer (1st Place Fulton-Montgomery CC)

L to R Top Row: Michael Benowitz (Assistant Director), Marilyn Marcus (Executive Director), Frances Murray (Court of Appeals Chief Reference Attorney)

Historical Society luncheon for Court of Appeals staff contest judges and contestants with their families and professors. Greeted by Hon. Carmen Beachamp Ciparick and Hon. Susan Phillips Read


2011
The Legal Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

First Prize

Amelia Weimar

Onondaga Community College

Second Prize

Kevin Volk

Genesee Community College

Third Prize

James Gerber

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Honorable Mentions

James Clark, Onondaga Community College | Phyllis Washburn, Genesee Community College | Alysha Barker, Fulton-Montgomery Community College | Lana Medina, Hudson Valley Community College | Tammi Douglas, Jefferson Community College | John Wilkinson, Queensborough Community College | Maykel Farronay, Borough of Manhattan Community College | Elisha Zarpentine, Genesee Community College | Terrhon Vaughn, Queensborough Community College


2010
The Evolution of Justice Along the Erie Canal

First Prize

Leah Marie Reino

Genesee Community College

Second Prize

Kerri Pickard-DePriest

Genesee Community College

Finalists

Ese Peter Abohwo, Queensboro Community College | Phyllis Washburn, Genesee Community College

Honorable Mentions

Christina Basdeo, Queensboro Community College | Kristen Casper, Genesee Community College | Shannon Kilner, North Country Community College | Genevieve Oliveira, Genesee Community College | John Sambucci, Queensboro Community College | Cheuk W. Shum, Queensboro Community College


2009
The New Netherland Legal System and the law of 21st Century New York

First Prize

Dawar Jamal

Queensborough Community College

Second Prize

Courtney Malewicz

Schenectady County Community College

Honorable Mentions

Tanea S. Bakare | Alexandra Dorga | Christina A. Edmunds | Carlos G. Marin | Kimberly Molina | Meela Neebar


2008
The Courts and Human Rights in New York: The Legacy of the Lemmon Slave Case

Winner

Elijah Fagan-Solis

Hudson Valley Community College

Judge Kaye with inaugural Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winner Elijah Fagan-Solis

Court of Appeals' Law Day ceremony where Elijah Fagan-Solis accepted his award

The David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship is generously supported by Gloria & Barry Garfinkel in memory of their son David. Their support has enabled the Society to offer this contest since 2008.

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