Amy Applegate


Bicentennial Medal (2019)


Amy G. Applegate earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice law in Indiana and the District of Columbia. She is additionally a registered domestic relations mediator in Indiana. Applegate's relationship with Indiana University is multi-faceted and long-standing. Currently serving as a clinical professor of law at the Mauer School of Law, she is a Ralph F. Fuchs Faculty Fellow and director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic.

Applegate currently teaches Indiana Law's mediation theory and practice courses, and guides students to become registered domestic relations mediators in Indiana through the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic and Domestic Relations Mediation Course. During the program, students provide mediation services in disputed custody, parenting-time, and family law cases, and collaborate with other colleagues in research to develop additional interventions for high-conflict families. Applegate researches how violence and abuse in family law settings is addressed as part of the mediation process, and how two forms of mediation for families with a history of violence and abuse compare to court resolution of disputes. She conducts research that examines how to help parents in, and out of, mediation decrease their conflict and reach parenting agreements.

Applegate's pro bono work includes mediations, representation of court-appointed special advocates, and protective order cases. She earned the Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Faculty Award at the law school in 2003 and 2005. In 2005, she was co-recipient of the Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Publico Service, a statewide award granted by the Indiana Pro Bono Commission. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association's Women in the Law Recognition Award. In 2012 and 2016, Applegate was the recipient of the Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award. In 2019, Applegate was honored with the university's Bicentennial Medal, in recognition of her distinguished contributions and distinctive support of the university.