P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Tali Farhadian Weinstein, 2002

Legal Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC

Tali Farhadian Weinstein is an immigrant from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Tali Farhadian Weinstein came to America as a child on Christmas Eve 1979, having fled the violence of revolutionary Iran, and became a citizen through an amnesty program. She in turn has dedicated her life to fighting for safety and fairness for all. She served as a Law Clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, and then as a federal prosecutor. Most recently, Tali served as the General Counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, which, under the leadership of Eric Gonzalez, is regarded as a national model of progressive prosecution, and kept crime – especially violent crime – at record lows for the borough. Tali is currently a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Tali lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. She is a Trustee of the New York Public Library, serves on the Board of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and on the Yale University Council.

Follow Tali on Instagram:  @talifarhadianweinstein and Twitter: @Tali Farhadian.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2003
  • MPhil Oriental Studies | University of Oxford 1999
  • BA Humanities | Yale University 1997
  • Rhodes Scholar
  • Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law
  • Alpheus Henry Snow Prize
Work History
  • NBC News and MSNBC, Legal Analyst
  • New York University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law | September 2017 - PRESENT
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office, General Counsel | April 2018 - July 2020
  • US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of NY, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Reentry Co-Coordinator | January 2011 - January 2017
  • US Department of Justice, Counsel to the Attorney General | April 2009 - August 2010
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