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Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws: Accountability and the Role of the Justice System

May 14, 2013

Robert L. Listenbee, J.D.Robert L. Listenbee is the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in February 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Listenbee was Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years and a trial lawyer with the association for 27 years. As a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, he advised Pennsylvania’s governor on juvenile justice policy. Mr. Listenbee served as chair of the Defender Policy Group of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and on policy committees of the National Center for Juvenile Justice.

Mr. Listenbee also served on the advisory board of the National Juvenile Defender Center and was actively involved in the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative in Pennsylvania. He served as president of the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network, which works to improve access to counsel and the quality of representation for Pennsylvania’s children.

Mr. Listenbee co-chaired Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and served as a member of OJJDP’s Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, which advises the President, Congress, and the OJJDP Administrator on juvenile justice policy.

Mr. Listenbee received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Linda Chezem, J.D. Linda Chezem is a professor at Purdue University in the Department of Youth Development and Agriculture Education and holds an adjunct appointment at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine. Chezem held judicial office at the trial and appellate levels for 22 years in Indiana. Chezem was a contributing author for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Assessment Team on Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, 2008. Chezem was appointed by Governor Daniels to the Indiana Strategic Prevention Framework Advisory Council and served as special assistant to the NIAAA-NIH Director, Dr. T. K. Li; and currently serves as a NIAAA advisor.

Shawn Walker, MBA As Director of Enforcement, Shawn Walker is responsible for field operations, administration, training, compliance and special operations with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Prior to his current position, he served as the ABC’s director of field operations from 2010–2012, as deputy director of field operations from 2004–2010, and before that was ABC’s special agent in charge of education, training and industry matters. He first served with ABC as a special agent in the Chesapeake Regional Office. Walker began his enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Old Dominion University Police Department. Director Walker is also a past-president of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), a non-profit association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from Averett University in Danville. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and the Commonwealth Management Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Diane Riibe Diane Riibe founded and served as executive director of Project Extra Mile from 1995 until the end of 2012. The Project is a statewide organization in Nebraska dedicated to preventing underage drinking and youth access to alcohol through policy initiatives, enforcement collaborations, media advocacy, education/awareness, and youth leadership.

She currently serves as the first chair of the newly-formed US Alcohol Policy Alliance, a network of states’ coalitions working together to reduce alcohol-related harm through building peer support and capacity of statewide alcohol policy coalitions in the United States, and amplifying the influence of these coalitions on national and international alcohol policies.

Diane also serves as a trainer and consultant providing strategy development and technical assistance to coalitions and community groups across the country, assisting them in translating alcohol research into practice for increased public health.

Diane has served as a keynote speaker and conference presenter at numerous events. She’s worked to pass alcohol policies at the state and federal level, including the passage of the federal .08 BAC law, ultimately sharing in the signing of the law in the Rose Garden. Her media experience includes interviews with national media as well as state and local outlets, including C-Span, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Diane received her bachelor’s degree in business leadership from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.