Source: By Dhillon & Smith LLP
SAN FRANCISCO, California (October 10, 2013)—San Francisco based attorney and Sikh civil rights activist Harmeet K. Dhillon will be awarded the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (SALDEF) Public Service Award at its National Gala on Oct. 12, 2013 in Washington D.C.
“She has donated thousands of hours of her time to Sikh legal causes, ranging from helping organizations achieve nonprofit status and incorporate, to representing Sikh plaintiffs in civil rights and employment litigation in state and federal court and administrative proceedings,” SALDEF’s website posted.
Dhillon is the managing partner of Dhillon & Smith LLP, a litigation firm in San Francisco. She also serves as the California Republican Party Vice Chairman.
“I am deeply honored by this award,” Dhillon said. “I have passionately fought for the rights and dignity of fellow Sikhs throughout my legal career.”
Veteran Sikh civil rights attorney and political activist Harmeet Kaur Dhillon’s career has encompassed many areas of corporate, civil rights, human rights and political law. She is also a frequent print, radio and television commentator on political and public policy issues. She authored a chapter on her nearly two decades of civil rights work for the Sikh and South Asian communities in “Civil Rights in Wartime”. After 9/11, Harmeet served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, helping the organization effect policy on behalf of Sikh discrimination victims. She has won numerous awards from legal, civil rights, and community groups for her two decades of practice for civil rights, human rights and free speech advocacy.
Harmeet has practiced before numerous state and federal courts and administrative tribunals across the United States, has successfully handled numerous trials (jury and bench), arbitrations, mediations, and has resolved countless business disputes prior to the initiation of litigation.
Admitted to practice law in New York and California, she is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Harmeet’s clients at Dhillon & Smith have included e-Commerce leaders, private companies, entrepreneurs, celebrities, film and music artists, authors, advertising executives, franchisees, public utilities, educational institutions and nonprofits. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her pro bono legal work on behalf of domestic violence survivors, religious discrimination plaintiffs, and political refugees.