Amy G. Applegate

Amy G. Applegate

Clinical Professor of Law, Ralph F. Fuchs Faculty Fellow, and Director, Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic

  • B.A., Cornell University 1978
  • J.D., Harvard University 1981
  • Recipient, Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award, 2012 and 2016
  • Received her bachelor's degree (with distinction in all subjects) in 1978 from Cornell University; earned her J.D. cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education Executive Committee
  • Associate, Peabody Rivlin Lambert & Meyers, Washington, D.C., 1981-82
  • Staff Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., 1982-84
  • Associate, Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin, Washington, D.C., 1984-87
  • Partner, Brown Cummins & Brown, Cincinnati, 1989-2001

Professor Applegate is admitted to practice law in Indiana and the District of Columbia. She is a registered domestic relations mediator in Indiana. Her pro bono work has included mediations, guardian ad litem (GAL) appointments, representation of court-appointed special advocates, and protective order cases.

Applegate currently teaches Indiana Law's mediation theory and practice courses, guiding students to become registered domestic relations mediators in Indiana through the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic and Domestic Relations Mediation Course. Through this program, students provide mediation services to indigent and low-income litigants in disputed custody, parenting-time, and other family law cases. Applegate and her students also collaborate in research and training with faculty and graduate students from IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and others to improve existing ADR processes, and develop additional interventions for high-conflict families. Specifically, Applegate and colleagues conduct research on how violence and abuse in family law settings can be uncovered and addressed as part of the mediation process. She and her colleagues are also conducting research that examines how to best help parents in (and outside) mediation decrease their conflict and reach parenting agreements that are good for their children. Prior to directing the mediation clinic, she taught the Child Advocacy Clinic, where she trained and supervised law students in GAL cases.

She is the editor of the SSRN Law and Society Family Law, Relations and Dispute Resolution Journal, on the editorial board of the Family Court Review, and frequently presents at conferences on topics including mediation and ethics issues. In 2012 and 2016, Applegate was the recipient of the Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association's Women in the Law Recognition Award. 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. She earned the Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Faculty Award at the Law School in 2003 and 2005.

As part of her research, Applegate and two of her colleagues developed, studied, and validated the Mediator's Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns, currently in its 3rd version (MASIC-3).

Selected Works
  • Pokman, V., Rossi, F.S., Holtzworth-Munroe, A.G., Beck, C.J.A., Applegate, A.G., & D’Onofrio, B.M. Mediator’s assessment of safety issues and concerns (MASIC): Reliability and validity of a new intimate partner violence screen. Assessment, Vol. 21 (5), 529-542 (March 2014).
  • Ballard, R.H., Rudd, B.N., Applegate, A.G., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. Hearing the voice of the child in divorce. In M.K. Miller, J., Chamberlain, & T. Wingrove (Eds.), Psychology, law, and the wellbeing of children. Oxford University Press: New York, NY (2014).
  • Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Applegate, A.G., Rudd, B.N., Freeman, A., & D'Onofrio, B., Interdisciplinary psychology and law training in family and child mediation: An empirical study of the effects on law student mediators, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 13, No. 3, 82-98 (August 2013)
  • Ballard, R.H., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Applegate, A.G., D’Onofrio, B.M., & Bates, J.E., A randomized controlled trial of child informed mediation. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 19, No. 3, 271-281 (August 2013)
  • Amy G. Applegate, and Connie J.A. Beck, “Self-Represented Parties in Mediation; Fifty Years Later It Remains the Elephant in the Room,” Family Court Review, Vol. 51, No. 1, 87-103 (January 2013)
  • Amy G. Applegate, Katherine Schwartz, and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, “Fathers and Dispute Resolution,” chapter 22 in Natasha J. Cabrera and Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.), Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Second Edition, 397-415. New York: Routledge (November 5, 2012)
  • John W. Putz, Robin H. Ballard, Julia Gruber Arany, Amy G. Applegate, and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, “Comparing the Mediation Agreements of Families with and without a History of Family Violence,” Family Court Review, Vol. 50, No. 3, 413-428 (July 2012)
  • Robin H. Ballard, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy G. Applegate, and Connie J.A. Beck, “Detecting Intimate Partner Violence in Family and Divorce Mediation: A Randomized Trial of Intimate Partner Violence Screening.” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 17, No. 2, 241-263 (May 2011)
  • Robin H. Ballard, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy G. Applegate, and Brian M. D'Onofrio, “Factors Affecting the Outcome of Divorce and Paternity Mediations,” Family Court Review, Vol. 49, No. 1, 16-33 (January 2011)
  • Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Connie J. A Beck and Amy G. Applegate, “The Mediator’s Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns (MASIC): A Screening Interview for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse Available in the Public Domain,” Family Court Review, Vol. 48, No. 4, 646-662 (October 2010)
  • Connie J. A. Beck, Michele E. Walsh, Robin H. Ballard, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy G. Applegate, John W. Putz, “Divorce Mediation with and without Legal Representation: A Focus on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse,” Family Court Review Vol. 48, No. 4, 631-645 (October 2010)
  • Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy G. Applegate, Brian M. D’Onofrio, and John E. Bates, “Child Informed Mediation Study (CIMS): Incorporating the Children’s Perspective into Divorce Mediation in an American Pilot Study.” Journal of Family Studies (Australian journal) (July/August 2010 issue) (peer reviewed research paper)
  • Amy G. Applegate, Brian M. D’Onofrio, and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, “Training and Transforming Students Through Interdisciplinary Education: The Intersection of Law and Psychology,” Family Court Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, 468-484 (July 2009)