Eliza Orlins was born in New York City to parents Susan and
Steve. She grew up splitting her time between NYC and China. When she was
four years old, she and her parents went to Beijing where they adopted her
sister, Sabrina. Sixteen months later, her youngest sister, Emily, was
born. Her father's career moved them to Hong Kong where she spent two
years attending Hong Kong International School. Her family then moved back
to New York until 1995 when they moved to Washington, D.C. In 2001, Orlins
graduated from the Sidwell Friends School where she ran varsity track and
cross country. She also completed the Marine Corps Marathon with the AIDS
Marathon Training Program her junior year. At Sidwell, she also wrote and
edited for the school newspaper and was the assistant director of the
spring musical "Damn Yankees."
In 2005, Orlins graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Syracuse University in international relations and political science
and a minor in Chinese. At Syracuse, she was a Dean's Scholar and made
Dean's List every semester. Orlins also received Phi Beta Kappa honors
upon her graduation. As a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, she was the vice
president of New Member Recruitment, for which her chapter won the award
for best overall recruitment at their national convention.
Orlins is currently a third-year student at Fordham University School of
Law and will graduate with her J.D. in December of 2008. At Fordham,
Orlins participates in many school activities. She describes herself as
insanely over-committed, but happy. She is the Co-Intraschool Editor of
the Brendan Moore Trial Advocates (Fordham's Mock Trial Team), the
Co-Symposium Editor for the Urban Law Journal and the President of the
Fordham Law Democrats. For the Moores, Orlins has competed in multiple
trial advocacy competitions, bringing home an individual award for Best
Opening Statement at the National Trial Advocacy Competition held at
Michigan State University in Fall 2006. For the Urban Law Journal, Orlins
and her co-editor are currently planning a symposium on the
constitutionality of lethal injection.
Orlins has worked for the Legal Aid Society, criminal defense division,
Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, a large New York law firm, and
interned for a New York Supreme Court Judge.
Orlins describes herself as an intense, vivacious, driven and
politically-active woman who loves reality television, sports, especially
New York and Syracuse teams, and her puppy Oscar. She says she brings her
competitive nature, athleticism and enthusiasm to SURVIVOR.
Orlins currently lives in Manhattan with her boyfriend Justin and her
Yorkshire Terrier, Oscar. Her birth date is December 25, 1982.