Alum to Compete on Reality Show Survivor

Posted: February 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Clarke

Caryn Groedel
Caryn Groedel

Students searching for a job after law school should no longer feel restricted to the Job Bank on eAttorney—CBS is hiring George Mason School of Law grads. Caryn Groedel, a 1985 law graduate, is a cast member on CBS’ 10th season of Survivor, premiering tonight.

Groedel, 46, born and raised in New York City, completed her undergraduate work at George Washington University and was a night student at Mason while working as a legal secretary. Upon receiving her law degree, Groedel practiced insurance and real estate law, but now works as a civil rights and employment discrimination attorney in Solon, Ohio. She served for two years as the executive director of The Women’s Law Fund, a nonprofit organization, and she now has her own private practice.

This season of Survivor will be held in Palau, an island in the South Pacific whose surrounding waters are known for its World War II ship wreckage. There will be 20 contestants who will compete as one tribe, instead of being split into tribes as in past seasons. Competitors on Survivor develop alliances and participate in challenges in order to evaluate which person to vote off the island each week.

Groedel and her family, including three daughters, are longtime Survivor fans. She also has an advantage in enjoying exercise and sports, and she is a marathon runner. Being a practicing lawyer may also come in handy in the face of stiff competition. She stated on a CBS preview that her ability to negotiate and her intuition will help her in competing for the million-dollar prize.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format in the School of Law publication, the Docket.

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