Previous Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners

2018  •  2017  •  2016  •  2015  •  2014  •  2013  •  2012  •  2011  •  2010  •  2009  •  2008

2018 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

2018
Stolen Art: From the Holocaust to the Present
Role of the Courts in Restoring Cultural Objects to Their Rightful Owners

First Prize

FRANK CONIGLIO

Queensborough Community College
Prof. Ted Rosen, Faculty Advisor

Second Prize

ADORACION HERNANDEZ

Bronx Community College
Prof. Beth Tremallo, Faculty Advisor

Third Prize

RAFAEL RAMOS

Queensborough Community College
Prof. Christine Mooney, Faculty Advisor

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Garcia, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney  |  David Gilkarov, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney  |  Aljermaine Glaze, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Ted Rosen  |  Deyan Naraine, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney  |  Jolesa Reid, Bronx Community College, Prof. Martha Zornow  |  Frank Steele, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney  |  Sarita Williams, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney

2018 Garfinkel Awards: Adoracion Hernandez and Hon. Dianne Renwick

Hon. Dianne T. Renwick with 2nd Place winner Adoracion Hernandez, accepting her award.

2018 Garfinkel Awards: Rafael Ramos and Hon. Dianne T. Renwick

Hon. Dianne T. Renwick with 3rd Place winner Rafael Ramos, accepting his award.

2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

2017
You, the Voter
How Far Have We Come? Is the Journey Over? 

CUNY

RALPH ROMANELLI
1st Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Christine Mooney, Faculty Advisor

JOSEPH FORNATARO
2nd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Christine Mooney, Faculty Advisor

ZHENXIAN LI
3rd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Christine Mooney, Faculty Advisor

SUNY

DANIELLE KINNEY
1st Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

ANNA LEWIS
2nd Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

SHANNON DENT
3rd Prize Winner
Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners

Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winners at the 2017 Court of Appeals’ Law Day.

Left to Right: Joseph Fornataro (CUNY 2nd Place), Ralph Romanelli (CUNY 1st Place), and Anna Lewis (SUNY 2nd Place).

2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winners with Court of Appeals Judges

Court of Appeals Judges Eugene M. Fahey (far left) and Leslie Stein (far right) congratulate three of the 2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winners
(Center, Left to Right: Joseph Fornataro, Ralph Romanelli, and Anna Lewis) during a special luncheon in their honor.

Winning essays for the 2017 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship have been temporarily taken down during the 2020 cycle.

2016 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

2016
You, the Juror
What Role Does Jury Service Play in Our Democracy?

CUNY

DANIEL SAVITZ
1st Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Leslie Francis, Faculty Advisor

WAI SHAN NG
2nd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Leslie Francis, Faculty Advisor

MAVIS DUNCAN-DYER
3rd Prize Winner
Queensborough Community College
Prof. Ted Rosen, Faculty Advisor

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
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

2016 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship Winner

1st Prize CUNY winner Daniel Savitz with the Society’s Executive Director Marilyn Marcus at a luncheon in honor of the Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winner at the Court of Appeals’ Law Day.

2016 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winner

Society Executive Director Marilyn Marcus with 1st Prize SUNY winner Jessica Martin. The Society hosted a special luncheon in honor of the winners at the Court of Appeals’ Law Day where the winners’ family members joined us along with some of the staff and judges of New York’s highest court.

2015 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

2015
LGBT: The Road to Equality
How Have the New York Courts Addressed Equal Human Rights for the LGBT Community? 

NYS Community College Grand Prize

JESSICA CHERRY

Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

CUNY Community College Prize

JOSHUA CRUZ

Queensborough Community College
Prof. Adam Leudtke, Faculty Advisor

SUNY Community College Prize

EVAN ECKFELD

Westchester Community College
Prof. Kristyan Rose Gilmore, Faculty Advisor

Honorable Mentions

Brooke Astarita, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Adam Leudtke  |  Diana Benevidez, 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 Veder, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Prof. Lisa Ford  |  Avraham Weiss, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Linda Meltzer

2015 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Hon. Jenny Rivera reads the winning essays at the Court of Appeals’ Law Day ceremony.

2015 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Judge Rivera with the Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winners.

Left to Right: Evan Eckfeld (SUNY Prize Winner), Jessica Cherry (Grand Prize Winner), and Joshua Cruz (CUNY Prize Winner).

2014 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

NYS Community College Grand Prize

ZACHARY FIELD

Onondaga Community College
Prof. David Deacon, Faculty Advisor

CUNY Community College Prize

LIDA RAMOS ARCE

Queensborough Community College
Prof. Leslie Francis, Faculty Advisor

SUNY Community College Prize

RHONDA PARKER

Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

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. Christine 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

2014 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

2014 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Winners of the 2014 David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship with Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Hon. Jenny Rivera.

Left to Right: Zachary Field (Grand Prize Winner), Hon. Jenny Rivera, Lida Ramos Arce (CUNY Prize Winner), and Rhonda Parker (SUNY Prize Winner).

2013 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

NYS Community College Grand Prize

JOSH PAWLIKOWSKI

Mohawk Valley Community College
Prof. David Katz, Faculty Advisor

CUNY Community College Prize

RUBY SINGH

Queensborough Community College
Prof. Christine Mooney, Faculty Advisor

SUNY Community College Prize

ZACHARY FIELD

Onondaga Community College
Prof. Mary Bogin & Inst. David Hines, Faculty Advisors

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, Inst. Aaron Thomas  |  Sara Sahibzada, Queensborough Community College, Prof. Christine Mooney  |  Nicholas Van Nostrand, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Prof. Stephen Astmann & Inst. Theodore Marotta

2013 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

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

2013 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Winners of the 2013 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship accepting their awards.

Left to Right: Zachary Field (SUNY Prize Winner), Josh Pawlikowski (Grand Prize Winner), Ruby Singh (CUNY Prize Winner).

2012 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

First Prize

RODNEY SCHUYLER

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

Second Prize

MARY ERCKERT

Erie Community College
Prof. Robert Caputi, Faculty Advisor

Third Prize

AMANDA GRIFFIN

Genesee Community College
Prof. Charles Scruggs, Faculty Advisor

Honorable Mentions

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

2012 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Amanda Griffin (3rd Prize Winner), Mary Erckert (2nd Prize Winner), Rodney Schulyer (1st Prize Winner)

Top Row, Left to Right: Michael Benowitz (Assistant Director), Marilyn Marcus (Executive Director), Frances Murray (Court of Appeals)

2012 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Society luncheon for Court of Appeals staff, scholarship judges, and winners with their families and professors. Greeted by Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Hon. Susan Phillips Read

2011 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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 Douglass, 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, Queensborough Community College  |  Phyllis Washburn, Genesee Community College

Honorable Mentions

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

2009 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

2009
The New Netherland Legal System and the Law of 2st 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 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

Winner

ELIJAH FAGAN-SOLIS

Hudson Valley Community College

2008 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

Hon. Judith S. Kaye with inaugural Garfinkel Essay Scholarship winner Elijah-Fagan Solis.

2008 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship

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

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