Linda L Chezem
Youth Development and Agricultural Education
- Professor Youth Development & Agricultural Education
Agricultural Administration Building Room 219
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053
The nexus of my work is law and
policy around health and justice. Alcohol has been the cross cutting and
underlying focus in much of this work. I currently serve on the National
Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol which is one of the National Institutes of Health. An
overarching aim of my work has been to improve the administration of justice
through judicial and justice system education. I held judicial office at the
trial and appellate levels for 22 years in Indiana, including service as the
presiding judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, Fourth District. I served as a
special judge in over 300 cases serving 25 different counties and on occasion, I
still may serve as a senior or special judge. My jurisdiction at trial court
level included all crimes and misdemeanors, from traffic to felony-murder,
marriage dissolution, probate, juvenile, and unlimited civil docket. I have
created and evaluated judicial education opportunities at state, national and
international levels. For example, I served as the judicial scholar in residence
to the Arizona Supreme Court working the Judicial Education Division for a
semester. Much of my work has been to provide education about underage drinking
and impaired driving. The impaired driving assessments (for 15 states) that I
chaired are an evaluative mechanism that has been consistently support by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Likewise, the
assessments of the underage drinking law enforcement and other tasks have been
supported by the US Department of Justice, OJJDP. I surveyed judges and
prosecutors to determine their continuing education needs and response to
science content in their education and piloted educational materials with the
with a good success. My Lifesavers award was in recognition of my leadership in
conducting assessments and writing assessment reports on impaired driving under
the NHTSA sponsorship. I also teach law students, grad students and lawyers
about ethical and legal issues in alcohol research. My focus is on animal use
and production law and, on the human side, informed consent and certificates of
confidentiality. I negotiated a support mechanism for out of state students to
have the tuition difference paid by The Egg Institute at Iowa State University
for the animal law class. As a result of an appointment to teh Indiana
Toxicology Advisory Board, I created a Forensic Science Ethics Class. It will be
offered in Fall 2012.
English, Indiana State University, 1968
J.D, Law, Indiana University School
of Law, 1971
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Committees (Purdue and IU)
Undergraduate Honors Class:
Animal Ownership and Use
Public Health Law and Policy
Forensic Science and Law
Selected Issues in Juvenile and Youth Law
Seminars on Selected Legal Issues in Responsible Conduct of Research
Alcohol Science and Law
Animal and Ag
Production (legal issues for use of animals in research)
Public Health Law
Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health,
Office of the Director of the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH on ethical and legal issues involving alcohol
research and the justice system.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism, NIH, Interagency Coordinating Council on FASD, Justice Working Group
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, U.S. Department of Justice,
and Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute
State of Indiana Toxicology Advisement Board, chair, Indiana State
Department of Toxicology
Indiana Office of Women’s Health, Advisory Board
Patient Advocacy Council, Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc.,
appointed January 2011
Fairbanks Research and Training Institute, Education
Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement Family Readiness
Initiative (LEFRI), Delphi Panel and consultant
Geisinger-NORC Center for
Rural Health Research, impact/researchers-users network focusing on rural health
information technology issues
Indiana State Bar Association, Agriculture Law
Law & Ethics of Drug Addiction Genetics Research, Advisory
Panel, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, TX.
Ethical Issues in Forensic Science
Ethical and Legal issues in Research
Justice System education
Issues in Alcohol Use and Misuse
Grants and Projects
Indiana Alcohol Research Center at Indiana University Medical
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, U.S. Department of Justice, and
Office of Justice Programs.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Assessment
Center for Successful Parenting, School Violence and Justice System
Awards & Honors
(2013) Judicial Outreach Liason. Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
(2012) National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. National Institutes of Health.
(2011) Chair, Toxicology Advisory Board. State of Indiana.
(2011) Member, National Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
(2011) Mentor. Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute (MARPHLI).
(2010) Chairman's Award. (Indiana) Governor's Council on Dangerous and Impaired Driving.
(2010) Lifesavers Award for Public Service. National Highway Trafic Safety Administration, USDOT.
(2010) The Indiana State Department of Health's Office of Women's Health Advisory Board. Indiana State Department of Health.
(2009) National Lifesavor Award. NHTSA.
Chezem, L. L., Pilat, M., & Wood, A. J. (2013). A Plan to Care For Our Children’s Future: Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws in Indiana (Vol. 1). Indianapois, Indiana: Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Retrieved from http://www.in.gov/cji/files/Enforcing_Underage_Drinking_Booklet_WEB.pdf
Chezem, L. L., Adinoff, B., Conley, R. R., & Taylor, S. (2013). Protecting Confidentiality in Human Research. Am J Psychiatry, 170.
Chezem, L. L., & Assessment Team (2013). Impaired Driving Assessment Report for the State of Montana (Vol. 1). Helena: State of Montana.
Chezem, L. L., & Assessment Team (2013). Impaired Driving Assessment Reprot for North Dakota (Vol. 2). Bismark, N.D.: State of North Dakota.