Law Day was designated by President Eisenhower as a “day of national dedication to the principle
of government under law.” In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Law Day, celebrated in 2008, The
Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York created the David A. Garfinkel Essay
2012 Essay Prize Winners
The topic of this year's contest was The Blue and the Gray: New York During the Civil War.
(L-R front row) Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher, third prize winner Amanda Griffin from Genesee Community College, second prize winner Mary E. Erckert from Erie Community College, first prize winner Rodney Schuyler from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, (L-R back row) Marilyn Marcus and Michael Benowitz Historical Society Executive Director and Assistant Director respectively, and Chief Librarian of the Court of Appeals Frances Murray.
2012 Honorable Mentions
Jeremy Michael Fletcher - Onondaga Community College
Cassandra L. Grice - Genesee Community College
Megan Henry - Queensborough Community College
Rebekah Kimble - Schenectady County Community College
Rachelle Lear - Onondaga Community College
Jordan Valerino - Onondaga Community College
Alexandra Woodruff - Jefferson Community College
Past Winners: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008