I have been associated with USINPAC for several years and have had the honor to participate in its excellent events on numerous occasions. Through USINPAC, I have met many outstanding Indian American candidates, public servants, and mainstream political figures who support the interests of the Indian American community. It is only through greater involvement by the community in the political process that we can ensure that our contributions to the America’s pluralistic society can be recognized, protected and grown. I have been inspired in part by my involvement with USINPAC to enter the political process and participate in every way in helping our country realize its full potential.
Residing on Lombard Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood, Harmeet Dhillon is a founder and partner of the law firm Dhillon & Smith LLP, where she represents businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives across many industries. In addition to her corporate law practice, Harmeet is an internationally recognized civil rights leader and a passionate advocate for principles of limited government, responsible fiscal policy, and equal opportunity. Harmeet’s focus is to effect policy based on these principles. Harmeet has been a leader in various civil rights and civic organizations, and has won numerous awards for her pro bono legal services on behalf of political refugees, victims of domestic violence, and plaintiffs in civil rights litigation, including several First Amendment cases. Harmeet has successfully represented political refugees from various troubled regions of the world, including Kashmir, Tibet and Eritrea.She also represented several South Asian women victims of a high-profile sex trafficking ring in Berkeley in 2002. Harmeet was on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Northern California chapter for three years and Santa Clara County’s Support Network for Battered Women. Presently, Harmeet is chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the South Asian Bar Association and a trustee of The Sikh Foundation. She serves on the Platform Committee of the Replublican paarty, and pushed the state party to adopt a platform that was true to the 21st century and the legacy of founding Republican father Abraham Lincoln.Harmeet was born in Punjab, India, and came to the United States as a small child with her family. She attended public schools in North Carolina, where her father started his medical practice, and she graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Harmeet majored in Classical Studies at Dartmouth College, where she was the editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1989, Harmeet became the assistant editor of the Heritage Foundation’s Policy Review magazine in Washington, D.C. and was published on the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Asian Edition, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. At the University of Virginia Law School, Harmeet served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and was president of the nation’s largest chapter of the Federalist Society.