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 mediation program, students provide mediation services to indigent and low-income litigants in disputed custody, parenting-time, and other family law cases. In her work in the mediation course and clinic, Applegate collaborates with members of IU's Psychological and Brain Sciences Department on research about factors that affect mediation. 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 GAL, mediation and ethics issues. In 2008, Applegate 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.