The Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic is offered to second- and third-year law students. It offers you hands-on mediation experience in a combined six-credit course and clinical experience in which you will mediate real-life disputes involving families with children, such as custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between parents in family law cases. This is an interdisciplinary clinical program in which the director, Amy Applegate, and her students collaborate in both research and training with faculty and students from IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. This collaboration is intended to improve the mediation process for families that mediate and to assist families in focusing on and reaching agreements that best meet their children's needs.
Participants in the clinic will be fully trained and registered domestic relations mediators in Indiana, with experience mediating approximately five cases over the course of the semester. As a trained mediator, you will assist low-income families and provide help in reducing court dockets while gaining marketable legal skills. Most cases involve custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between families or guardians.
Clinic Director: Amy Applegate
E-mail: aga [at] indiana [dot] edu
Phone: (812) 855-9229
Fax: (812) 855-5128
Room: Lewis Building 303