Adina was born and raised in Romania until the age of seventeen when she and her family relocated to the United States.
She graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California as class valedictorian and received academic and athletic scholarships to attend Fordham University in New York City.
At Fordham, Adina was a member of the school’s varsity rowing team, which instilled in her the true concept of team effort. Together with her teammates, Adina has medaled in several rowing regattas, including gold in the 2001 New York State Championship Lightweight 4 category. She graduated from Fordham in 2003, with a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Business Administration. Also at Fordham, Adina was a member of Students for a Free Tibet, a global grassroots network of students and activists working in solidarity with the Tibetan people for human rights and freedom.
Adina attended Loyola Law School, where she completed her J.D. studies in 2008, graduating in the top third of her class.
At Loyola, Adina was invited onto the school’s International and Comparative Law Review after distinguishing herself in a write-on competition. In her last year at Loyola, Adina served as the Law Review’s Executive Editor. As Executive Editor, Adina worked closely with the rest of the editorial staff to publish three issues and successfully organize the 2008 Symposium Transformation in Iraq: from Ending a Modern War to Creating a Modern Peace.
Additionally, during law school, Adina provided pro bono legal assistance to qualified taxpayers with appeals pending before the Board of Equalization, clerked for the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office, and participated in Loyola’s mentor-mentee program. At the District Attorney’s office, Adina assisted a team of prosecutors in convicting a former sheriff’s deputy for the murder of his wife sixteen years earlier, even though the body was never found.
Adina is still a Loyola Law School Student Mentor and spends the rest of her free time with her two young sons.