Civil War Essay Contest

Announcing the 2012 Garfinkel Essay Contest of the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York. The contest is open to students, from all academic disciplines, registered in CUNY and SUNY community colleges for the fall semester of 2011 and the spring semester of 2012.

Please share this information with students and faculty and encourage them to participate. Attached for your convenience please find the contest rules and a promotional poster. All this information is available at


Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and in honor of Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Francis M. Finch, author of the reconciliation poem The Blue and the Gray, this year’s contest topic is The Blue and the Gray: New York During the Civil War.


The contest will award a $1,500 First Prize, a $1,000 Second Prize and a $750 Third Prize. The winners will be honored at the Law Day Ceremony in May, 2012. The Ceremony is presided by The Chief Judge of the State of New York and attended by the Governor, the Attorney General and the Bench and Bar of New York.


The essay submission deadline is April 2, 2012. Visit for resources and the contest rules. Also available on the website are the essays of last year’s winners: Amelia Weimar, Onondaga Community College; Kevin Volk, Genesee Community College; and James Gerber, Borough of Manhattan Community.


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