Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Los Angeles nonprofit that provides nonpartisan civic education to students, announced its organizational name change to Teach Democracy at its annual celebration on Oct. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event raised more than $1.1 million and commemorated the 60th anniversary of the organization that hosts interactive programs and resources for teachers and middle school and high school students.
From left: Jason Russell, head of the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; honoree Peter Morrison, a Skadden partner; T. Warren Jackson, Teach Democracy board member and mediator with Signature Resolution; Amanda Susskind, president of Teach Democracy; Judge Dean Hansell, Los Angeles County Superior Court and long-time Teach Democracy mock trial judge; honoree Jason Erb, vice president and chief legal officer at Hyundai Motor North America; and Darin Beffa, board chair of Teach Democracy and managing attorney of Beffa Law.
At left is Diana Peña, a junior at Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles. She will be the first in her family to attend college thanks to Teach Democracy's Expanding Horizons Institute. Diana was one of 27 students accepted into this year's free four-month program that mentors students and prepares them for college admission.