Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws: Accountability and the Role of the Justice
May 14, 2013
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
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 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.
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
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.