Prior to joining Northstone Law, Ms. Kaplunov interned for the ACLU of Illinois, where she assessed the constitutionality of the Chicago Police Department’s use of investigative alerts, prosecutorial immunity, and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s compliance with a consent decree.
Before joining Northstone Law, Ms. Kaplunov worked as a Criminal Justice intern for the MacArthur Foundation, where she reviewed grantee sites, particularly their jail statistics and contributing factors. In addition to her public service work, Ms. Kaplunov worked in-house at Currie Motors, a car dealership with various properties located throughout the Midwest. While there, she reviewed vendor agreements, responded to BBB complaints, and drafted responses to an Illinois Department of Human Rights complaint.
Ms. Kaplunov graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she focused her efforts on public interest law, particularly criminal justice reform. She participated in Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s prestigious dispute resolution competition program, where she won student of the year. She also was named as a Freddi L. Greenberg Vis Moot Fellow for her and her team’s first place win at the 2022 Moot Shanghai, where she competed in both the semi-final, final rounds, and won first runner-up for best oralist out of more than 200 participants.
Ms. Kaplunov externed at the Federal Public Defender, where she sat in on sentencing hearings, helped prepare sentencing memorandums, and conducted research on unique legal questions. Prior to law school, Ms. Kaplunov completed her undergraduate studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Journalism and won various prestigious scholarships, including the Kwittken Internship Award.