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John S. Applegate

Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs
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jsapple[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 855-9198
Bryan Hall 204
B.A. at Haverford College, 1978
J.D. at Harvard University, 1981
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (B763)
Introduction to Environmental Law (B782)
International Environmental Law (B783)
Workshop on Environmental Law and Policy (B795)
Seminar in Advanced Environmental Law (L740)
In the News


  • Applegate was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Haverford College
  • Appointed IU Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy, March 2010
  • Presidential Fellow, Indiana University, 2007-08
  • James B. Helmer Jr. Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1987-98
  • Clerk, Hon. Edward S. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1981-83
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 1986
  • Associate, Covington & Burling, 1983-87

Professor Applegate, a distinguished environmental law scholar, joined the faculty in 1998. Nationally recognized for his work in environmental risk assessment and policy analysis, he has written many articles on the regulation of toxic substances and public participation in environmental decisions.

In addition, Applegate is an award-winning teacher, known for his ability to present complex information with an engaging style and wry wit. His courses include Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes, International Environmental Law, and Property.

In 2007, he was appointed Indiana University's first Presidential Fellow, serving both retired President Adam Herbert and current President Michael McRobbie as a senior member of the IU President's staff.

John S. Applegate
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