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2017 Spring Dinner

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2017 Spring Dinner

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Constitutional Rights Foundation's (CRF) Chair Christopher H. Paskach, Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, CRF President Marshall Croddy, Sharon J. Matsumoto, and Hon. Ronald H. Rose.



Our sincere thanks to all of you who joined us in supporting Constitutional Rights Foundation’s 2017 Spring Dinner and our mission to transform young lives by empowering the students we serve to become informed, skilled and engaged citizens. We especially thank the hundreds of guests representing more than 50 international law firms and corporations who joined us in person on May 25, 2017.

Our Bill of Rights honoree The Honorable Carlos R. Moreno shared inspiring remarks that included the following:  “It is my unassailable belief that the survival of our basic freedoms and our form of democracy is dependent on the strength and independence of our judiciary.”

KPMG LLP was honored with the Foundations of Freedom award. Jane Jelenko, receiving the award on behalf of KPMG, eloquently stated that CRF’s work builds, strengthens and supports the civic foundation of the country – work that is more critical now than ever before.


The Honorable Carlos R. Moreno
2017 Bill of Rights Award



Jane Jelenko acceping for KPMG LLP
2017 Foundations of Freedom Award


Donald B. Verrilli
Keynote Speaker

Sharon J. Matsumoto and The Honorable Ronald H. Rose received the Lloyd M. Smith Award for their many years of dedicated service to CRF and the Mock Trial program. They spoke passionately about the joy they experience as volunteers at CRF and how the students’ lives are changed in so many ways. 

The student presenters from TEACH Public Schools Academy of Technologies and the Los Angeles Police Department officers entertained the audience with their powerful presentation of the Cops & Kids program. As demonstrated, this program has proven effective in building positive relationships between young people and police officers.


Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman (left) presents the Lloyd M. Smith Award
to Hon. Ronald H. Rose and Sharon J. Matsumoto.



Angel Campos, Khilen Koles, Melanie Diaz, and Seydi Osorio of TEACH Public Schools Academy of Technologies along with Senior Lead Officer Joseph Orlanes, Senior Lead Officer Javier Barragan, and Lieutenant Helen DeArmon of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Keynote Speaker Donald Verrilli spoke eloquently about the importance of CRF’s work. Verrilli stated:  "Our Constitution defines who we are as a people. It sets out our fundamental commitments, both in the majestic preamble and in the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. And it establishes the structure of government through which each generation works out what these commitments will mean in practice.”  He went on to say the “work of the Constitutional Rights Foundation could not be more important – especially now. And it is ultimately CRF’s work that ensures that we will be able to fulfill the promise of the Constitution’s preamble to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

For over 50 years, CRF has provided innovative, nonpartisan, educational programs and high-quality civic-learning resources for teachers and students throughout the United States. The need for CRF's programs continues to grow and it is your support that helps meet this need. Through the many generous sponsorships of our Spring Dinner, CRF raised close to $800,000 towards its vital mission. Thank you to all who have already pledged their support. For those of you who missed the event, you can still pledge a gift by composing a new text message to 41444 on your mobile phone. In the message box type: CRF space YOUR AMOUNT space YOUR NAME and hit Send.

We would love to stay connected with each of you. Please click here to receive updates from CRF on ways to get involved with our programs including invitations to upcoming Expanding Horizons Internships events this summer, and information on volunteering or visit our website at www.crf-usa.org. 

Thanks once again.


Marshall Croddy

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Diamond Underwriter - $35,000
Latham & Watkins LLP

Underwriters - $25,000
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
The Walt Disney Company

Benefactor - $15,000
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Sidley Austin, LLP
Southern California Edison
Twentieth Century Fox

Drafters - $10,000
Alston & Bird LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
The Claro Group
Dechert LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
Jackson Lewis PC
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Participant Media
Sempra Energy/Southern California Gas Company
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
K. Eugene Shutler
Snap Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Stroz Friedberg LLC
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wells Fargo Bank
Winston & Strawn LLP

Founders - $7,500
The Aerospace Corporation
The Analysis Group Inc.
Robert C. Aronoff
Crowell & Moring LLP
Greenberg Gross LLP
Houlihan Lokey
Jones Day
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
Meylan Davitt Jain Arevian & Kim LLP
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Friends - $5,000
Avery Dennison Corporation
Blue Shield of California
Garden City Group, LLC
T. Warren Jackson
Reed Smith LLP
Wilenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP



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