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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

Faculty Profile
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.

BS, English, Indiana State University, 1968
J.D, Law, Indiana University School of Law, 1971

Department Responsibilities
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Graduate Committees (Purdue and IU)

Courses Taught
Undergraduate Honors Class:
Animal Ownership and Use Law

Public Health Law and Policy
Women’s Health Law
Forensic Science and Law
Selected Issues in Juvenile and Youth Law
Seminars on Selected Legal Issues in Responsible Conduct of Research

Law School:
Alcohol Science and Law
Animal and Ag Production (legal issues for use of animals in research)
Public Health Law and Policy

Professional Service
National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
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 (ICCFASDJWG)
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, U.S. Department of Justice, and Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute (MARPHLI)
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 committee
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 Committee.
Law & Ethics of Drug Addiction Genetics Research, Advisory Panel, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, TX.

Research Interests
Ethical Issues in Forensic Science
Ethical and Legal issues in Research
Justice System education
Legal Issues in Alcohol Use and Misuse

Grants and Projects
Indiana Alcohol Research Center at Indiana University Medical School
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, U.S. Department of Justice, and Office of Justice Programs.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Assessment projects
Center for Successful Parenting, School Violence and Justice System Responses 

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.

Selected Publications

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

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.