Harmeet Dhillon

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Harmeet Dhillon
Republican National Committeewoman from California
Assumed office
July 19, 2016
Preceded byLinda Ackerman
Personal details
Born
Harmeet Kaur Dhillon

(1968-10-02) October 2, 1968 (age 50)
Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kanwarjit Singh (divorced)[1]
Sarvjit Randhawa (2011)[2]
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Sea Ranch, California
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Virginia
ProfessionAttorney
Websitewww.dhillonlaw.com

Harmeet Kaur Dhillon (born October 2, 1968) is an American lawyer and Republican party official. She is the former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party, and the National Committeewoman of the Republican National Committee for California.[3][4] She owns a law practice called Dhillon Law Group Inc.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

After attending grade school in Bronx, New York while her father completed his medical training, Harmeet Dhillon grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina, but for five years her mother drove her 45 miles (72 km) to a private school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

She entered Dartmouth College at age 16, and wrote for the conservative student newspaper, Dartmouth Review. In her junior year she became an editor at the Dartmouth Review. During that time the Review was criticized for publishing an article attacking the college president James O. Freedman, comparing Freedman, who is Jewish, to Adolf Hitler. Dhillon "denied that the column was anti-Semitic, saying its point had been misinterpreted by people trying to twist the issue to their own ends." She added, "I could see if you were Jewish, you could be offended, possibly." She said she had asked several Jewish staff members to read the column before its publication and they told her they were not offended nor did they expect the column to be viewed as anti-Semitic.[6]

Legal career and political activism[edit]

She was an unsuccessful candidate for the California Assembly from San Francisco in 2008, in a district with only 8% registered Republicans. She polled 17% against Democrat Tom Ammiano, the strongest Republican result since 1994. Her mother had raised her $250,000 campaign war chest from the Indian-American community.[7] She ran for the California Senate in 2012, but she was unsuccessful.[8]

Dhillon filed a lawsuit in April 2017 against UC Berkeley on behalf of the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) and Young America's Foundation for freedom of speech issues, particularly the school cancelling Ann Coulter's speech.[9]

In August 2017, James Damore, the Google memo writer, hired Dhillon to be his lawyer against Google. Dhillon's firm has said it is also willing to represent more employees from Google that have similar stories to Damore,[10] though Dhillon has already lost an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board.[11] Damore's lawsuit against Google also was dismissed pursuant to a mandatory arbitration clause.[12]

Dhillon had represented a racial and religious discrimination lawsuit in 2007; she cited a ruling from New Jersey which required fire fighting departments to accommodate the beards of Muslim men.[13] Dhillon has also given interviews in which she has condemned the Republican Party for alleged discrimination against non-whites. She has also been heavily criticized by Republican activists for her ties to American Civil Liberties Union, as well as her past contributions to the political campaigning of Kamala Harris.[14]

Journalist Andy Ngo retained Dhillon as his attorney after being attacked on the street by masked and unmasked antifa demonstrators in Portland, Oregon in June 2019.[15]

Titles and accomplishments[edit]

Dhillon was elected to the California Republican Party's Board in 2013 and became the National Committeewoman for the Republican National Committee in 2016.[4] She also gave the opening prayer at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Punjabi, a first at the RNC.[16]

She is a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.[8]

In early 2017, Dhillon interviewed to be the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Trump Administration Department of Justice.[17] However, Trump eventually chose Eric Dreiband for that position.

Dhillon led the unsuccessful effort to remove Chad Mayes as the California State Assembly Republican caucus leader in August 2017.[18]

Her law firm, Dhillon Law Group, successfully represented former BCR president Troy Worden in October 2017, dismissing a temporary restraining order and defeating the permanent restraining order brought against him by BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levine, Daniel S. "Harmeet Dhillon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Republican activist takes on class-action suit against Google". India Abroad.
  3. ^ Mehta, Seema (July 19, 2016). "California lawyer delivers Sikh prayer at GOP convention". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  4. ^ a b "National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon". GOP. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  5. ^ "Litigation Boutique Firm - Legal Services | Dhillon Law Group". Dhillon Law Group. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/06/us/satire-by-dartmouth-publication-under-heavy-fire-as-anti-semitic.
  7. ^ Garofoli, Joe (Apr 24, 2011). "Harmeet Dhillon, Republican leader with S.F. twist". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  8. ^ a b Anderson, Bruce. "Former Review editor Harmeet Dhillon '89 leads the Republican Party in one of the nation's most liberal cities". Darthmouth Alumni magazine. Retrieved 2017-08-01. MAY - JUN 2013
  9. ^ Svrluga, Susan; Wan, William (2017-04-24). "Lawsuit filed against UC Berkeley for canceling Ann Coulter speech". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  10. ^ "The Google mmo writer has hired a GOP official to be his lawyer and she's already gathering facts". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  11. ^ "Google Legally Fired Diversity Memo Author, Labor Agency Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  12. ^ "Google's Fired Engineer Exits Lawsuit for Arbitration". Mercury News. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  13. ^ "Gut Check Interviews Harmeet Dhillon on MSNBC". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  14. ^ "S.F. GOP leader SLAMMED by Republicans". SF Gate. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  15. ^ Melanie Woodrow (July 1, 2019). "Portland journalist Andy Ngo speaks out, says Antifa behind attack". KGO-TV. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "California lawyer delivers Sikh prayer at GOP convention". Los Angeles Times. 2016-07-19. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  17. ^ Cadelago, Christopher (March 10, 2017). "Harmeet Dhillon, California Republican leader, a candidate for Justice Department post". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  18. ^ Megerian, Chris. "California Republicans tell Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes to step down". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  19. ^ "Restraining order against UC Berkeley College Republicans leader dismissed". East Bay Times. 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2017-11-12.

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