Saturday, July 01, 2017

Nominees Submitted For Head of Civil Rights Division and For EEOC Seat

Earlier this week, the White House announced President Trump's nomination of  Eric S. Dreiband to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. As reported in an earlier Washington Post background piece, Dreiband, who is a partner in the Jones Day law firm, among other things has a master’s degree in theological studies (with a concentration in ethics and public policy) from Harvard University.  In the George W. Bush administration, Dreiband served as general counsel of the EEOC.  In 2015, he was one of the attorneys who represented Abercrombie & Fitch in its Supreme Court fight over the need to grant religious accommodation to a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf for religious reasons.  He was also one of the attorneys on the brief at the Court of Appeals level representing the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington in its 2014 challenge to the accommodation for religious non-profits who object to the Obamacare contraceptive coverage mandate.

Also, this week, the White House announced it has nominated Janet Dhillon for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to, Dhillon is currently general counsel for Burlington Stores, Inc.