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Bending the Arc: Interview with US Attorney Phillip Talbert

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Phillip A. Talbert is the U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, Mr. Talbert served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and also as the interim U.S. Attorney from May 2016 to the end of 2017.

He came to the office in 2002 and began in the Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit, then served as the Chief of Appeals and Training. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Talbert worked as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Talbert received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University; his Master of Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia, which he attended on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship; and his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law.

In this conversation, we speak about the operation of his office, the Hate Crimes Task Force, trends that he is witnessing, the importance of filing claims, and new initiatives his office has enacted to foster increased diversity. 

  • To learn more about the difference between a Hate Crime and a Hate incident and other helpfulful resources, check out the Attorney General's webpage. 
  • To learn more about US Attorney Talbert's office, check out the page for the Eastern District.
  • You can contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CallFBI.

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