Indian-American elected to top Republican panel

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Chandigarh-born Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, 47, has been elected as member of the national Republican National Committee at the California Republican Party convention.

The Indian-American woman Sikh lawyer, who is nationally recognized,  won by a more than a thousand votes at the convention.  She was earlier vice chairman of the California unit of the Republican Party and the first woman ever to be so elected.

After the election, she said: “[Come a long way] a little girl from Chandigarh in India to the Bronx and then Smithfield in rural North Carolina…to being one of California’s three votes on the RNC. For the next four years starting in late July, I will help shape the policies of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman, the party of liberty and opportunity.”

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Dhillon has had a sterling law career. She did her  clerkship with Paul V Niemeyer of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then opened a practice in New York.  She later opened offices in  London and the San Francisco Bay Area, giving particular attention to federal and state commercial litigation and arbitration.

Her special focus has been on trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property rights, unfair competition, contractual disputes, and First Amendment litigation.

Harmeet was elected the first woman Vice Chairman in California Republican Party history in March of 2013. She was Chair of the San Francisco Republican Party, and a member of the California Republican Party’s Executive Committee, as well as the Chair of its Networks Leadership Committee, where she spearheads the CRP’s coalition-building and outreach efforts throughout the state.

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“She has been awarded the prestigious designation of Northern California Super Lawyer in business litigation by Thomson/West Publishing, an accolade reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the jurisdiction. From an early interest in constitutional litigation, to a stint at the Department of Justice, to a decade of practice at prestigious international law firms, to founding Dhillon & Smith in 2006, Harmeet’s legal career has been marked by a passion for justice, a zeal for attacking legal challenges, and an intense sense of satisfaction in helping her clients realize creative and practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems” according to a statement by the California unit of the Republican Party.

Dhillon hass also sat on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and made a financial contribution to Kamala Harris’ campaign for local office — Harris is a US Senate aspirant and rising star in Democratic politics. – CINEWS

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