P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Tali Farhadian Weinstein, 2002

General Counsel, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Tali Farhadian Weinstein is an immigrant from Iran

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

Tali Farhadian Weinstein is a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. Previously, she was general counsel of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and Counsel to the Attorney General in Eastern New York (Brooklyn).

Tali was born into an Iranian Jewish family in Tehran, Iran. Four years later and in the wake of the rise of the revolutionary regime, they fled to Israel, then moved to Queens, and finally settled in New Jersey.

Graduating with distinction in humanities from Yale University, Tali attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, pursuing her master's and doctorate in Oriental studies. She graduated from Yale Law School, where she was the only student invited to speak at the Yale University Tercentenary celebration. Fluent in Persian and Hebrew and proficient in Arabic, she was a member of Yale University's Middle East Legal Studies Seminar. She planned to focus on criminal and international law, with a special interest in human rights and democracy in the Middle East and Near East. Tali was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Merrick Garland on the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the US Supreme Court. She was a Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and a research fellow at Columbia Law School.

In November, 2010 Tali married Boaz Weinstein.


  • JD Law | Yale University 2003
  • MPhil Oriental Studies | Oxford University 2002
  • DPhil Oriental Studies | Oxford University 2002
  • BA Humanities | Yale University 1997
Work History
  • Kings County District Attorney’s Office, General Counsel
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