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Panelist Bio

Richard Kordal, Ph.D.
Louisiana Tech University

Richard Kordal, PhD is Director, Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He assumed the position in June 2005. Dr. Kordal is also an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering and Science.

He received his undergraduate degree from Hartwick College and his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prior to his career in academia he worked in the in vitro diagnostics industry in various technical, supervisory and managerial positions including industrial technology assessment. During his employment in industry he has taken numerous products through R&D into the market.

He is an active member of Association of University Technology Transfer Managers (AUTM) organization and served as member of AUTM’s Board of Directors in his capacity as Vice President of Metric and Surveys.

He has published articles in technology transfer journals and has presented lectures and seminars on technology transfer before many organizations and groups. He helped to co-found a statewide organization of Louisiana’s academic technology transfer directors.

He is married to Dorene Kordal (formerly Dorene Telander).

They have two daughters: Amanda Kordal, B.A., University of Cincinnati, Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) College where she majored in fashion design. She currently runs her own fashion design business specializing in knitwear. Natalie Kordal, received a B.A., Louisiana Tech University where she majored in Political Science. She also earned a paralegal certificate from Duke University and severed for a year in AmeriCorps. She currently works for an investment firm. Both daughters are living and working in New York City.

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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