Eliza Orlins

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BornDecember 25, 1982 (age 38)
New York City, NY, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Syracuse University
  • Fordham University
OccupationPublic Defender
Political partyDemocratic
Parent(s)Stephen Orlins Susan Orlins

Eliza Orlins (born December 25, 1982) is an American lawyer, who has served as an attorney at the The Legal Aid Society for the past decade.[1] She has also appeared on reality-TV shows Survivor (American TV series) and The Amazing Race. On March 5, 2020, Orlins announced that she would run for New York County District Attorney, also known as the Manhattan District Attorney.

Early life and education

Orlins was born in New York City, New York on born December 25, 1982. After spending parts of her childhood in China, Hong Kong, and New York, her family moved to Washington, D.C.[2] Orlins graduated from Syracuse University, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science in 2005, and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 2008.

Reality TV Experiences

Orlins competed in two seasons of Survivor: Vanuatu, Season 9: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia.[3][4]

Orlins also competed in The Amazing Race 31.[5]


Orlins has been an attorney at the nonprofit The Legal Aid Society since 2009. Orlins has litigated in both New York State Supreme Court and New York State Criminal Court while employed with the Legal Aid Society and has represented more than 3000 persons otherwise unable to afford a lawyer.[1][6] Orlins has also trained new lawyers to navigate the legal system in this role.

In March 2020, Orlins announced that she would run for New York County District Attorney.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 June 19, Matthew Kassel; 2020 (2020-06-19). "Eliza Orlins's amazing race". Jewish Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. Eliza - Survivor Cast Member, retrieved 2021-01-12
  3. Survivor Cast: Cast, retrieved 2021-01-12
  4. Survivor Cast: Cast, retrieved 2021-01-12
  5. Who's In The Cast Of The Amazing Race Season 31?, retrieved 2021-01-12
  6. Dwyer, Jim (2014-02-12). "Facing Jail Time, Until a Lawyer With Survival Skills Helped Her Find Her Way (Published 2014)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  7. March 05, Jane Wester |; PM, 2020 at 06:33. "Public Defender Promises Major Change as She Joins Crowded Field for 2021 Manhattan District Attorney Race". New York Law Journal. Retrieved 2021-01-12.

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