Linda Chezem has 44 years of legal experience, including 22 years as a trial and appellate court judge. She is a professor at Purdue University in the Department of Youth Development and Agriculture Education. She holds an adjunct appointment at the IU School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, with the Indiana Alcohol Research Center. Linda graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1971. She worked in private practice in Paoli, Indiana. She became a Lawrence County Court judge and later a Lawrence Circuit Court judge. She spent 10 years as a judge at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Her jurisdiction at trial court level included all crimes and misdemeanors, from traffic to felony-murder, marriage dissolution, probate, juvenile, and unlimited civil docket. Linda has received multiple awards throughout her career. These awards have included Sagamore of the Wabash honors from three governors, a Distinguished Hoosier Award, Hoosier Hero, and Distinguished Barrister.