Tali Farhadian Weinstein is Chair of Free and Fair Litigation Group’s Board of Directors.. Tali has spent nearly two decades working across a range of American legal institutions, including as a federal and state prosecutor.

After earning degrees from Yale College, Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School, Tali was 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.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, she investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from gun violence and murders to public corruption, tax and other frauds, and national security matters. From 2018-2020, she served as the General Counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, one of the largest prosecutors’ offices in the country. In this role, she was part of the leadership team charged with implementing the office’s criminal justice reform agenda, and she created the nation’s first Post-Conviction Justice Bureau.

Tali is currently a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School. She is a Trustee of the New York Public Library, where she chairs the Audit Committee, a Trustee of the Vera Institute for Justice, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the International Refugee Assistance Project.

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