Featured Presenters

rabbi presenter.pngHon. Judge Patricia Cohen

Judge Patricia L. Cohen currently serves as a federal magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Judge Cohen formerly served on the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis and was appointed by Governor Holden in 2003 to the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, serving as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2008. Earlier, Judge Cohen worked in private practice focusing on labor, employment and civil rights litigation. Judge Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.


Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe

Dean of the Institute of Talmudic Law and Jewish Mysticism. He also directs the Institute for Judaic Knowledge based in Newton MA. Author of more than 100 articles on Jewish Law and Religion and is a senior member of the editorial staff of Chabad.org.


Robert A. Kaiser, Esq.

Robert Kaiser is a partner with Armstrong Teasdale, LLP in its Labor and Employment Practice, representing employers in the full range of labor and personnel-related disputes. A University of Missouri law school (1983) graduate, he was recently recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” (2015-2017) for Labor and Employment Law.


Rabbi Yosef Landa

Rabbi Yosef Landa is the Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. He graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey and went on to study Talmudic law and Jewish philosophy at rabbinical schools in Israel, and received his rabbinic ordination from the Central Chabad Yeshiva in New York in 1979. In 1981, at the behest of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, he and his wife Shiffy established a formal Chabad program for Jewish education, outreach and social services in St. Louis. Rabbi Landa created the annual accredited Conference on Talmud & Contemporary Law, now in its 22nd year, which offers modern legal minds the opportunity to examine ancient legal and ethical principles in Jewish law, and their relevance to current law and public policy.


Moderator: Marc Cox

Marc Cox has been the host of “The Marc Cox Show” on FM NewsTalk 97.1 since 2010. He is an Emmy award winning veteran of Television News. With a career as an anchor, reporter, and a producer. Marc was honored by the Associated Press, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, receiving multiple Emmy nominations, and two Emmy awards. He is also a public servant, serving on the Wildwood City Council since 2014.