Young Americas Foundation, Berkeley College Republicans v. Napolitano

Defending Free Speech on America’s Campuses

When UC Berkely impeded a conservative group’s ability to invite Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos to campus to speak, the group turned to Dhillon Law Group.

Now our clients—Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans—are pleased to announce a landmark settlement of their First Amendment lawsuit against UC Berkeley.

Under the settlement, UC Berkeley will stop charging security fees to student and off-campus groups for speaking events. Congratulations to our clients on their leadership, courage, and perseverance.

Documents Pertaining to Young America’s Foundation, Berkeley College Republicans v. Napolitano

April 20, 2017

Dhillon Law Group’s letter to UC Berkeley’s Interim Vice Chancellor regarding the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s speech on campus

April 21, 2017

UC Berkeley’s response letter to Dhillon Law Group

April 21, 2017

Dhillon Law Group’s response letter to UC Berkeley’s Associate General Counsel

December 3, 2018

Notice of Conditional Settlement filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California

Harmeet Dhillon Participates in a Forum on Campus Free Speech

Free speech on college campuses has been under attack in recent years, increasingly from students who have protested speakers whom they disagree with politically. These protests have succeeded in both cancelling events and creating disturbances through blockades, shouts, and even violence as was the case at Middlebury College. What responsibilities do universities hold to protect a climate that encourages the open and respectful exchange of ideas? Should “hate speech” be protected or are special protections needed to protect students from “offensive” discourse? What do universities owe students and speakers to protect their personal safety if protests break out?


Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, Director of Litigation, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,

Harmeet K. Dhillon, Founding Partner, Dhillon Law Group

Professor Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School

Elizabeth Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center

Moderator: Hon. Sandra Ikuta, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Introduction: Joshua McDaniel, Horvitz & Levy LLP

News Coverage of UC Berkeley Free Speech Case

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