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1:00 - 2:30 PM, Marc D. Daffner
2:45 - 4:15 PM, Emily Haas
MARC D. DAFFNER is the founding member of the Pittsburgh law firm of Daffner & Associates, P.C., and serves as the managing attorney. He practices in criminal defense and civil litigation, including personal injury. Mr. Daffner serves as a specially-appointed arbitrator in the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas, as well as in the U.S. District Court. He has served as an instructor at continuing legal education programs, and has written a variety of legal texts and teaching materials including the "Criminal Practice for the General Practitioner" series and "Essentials of Pennsylvania Criminal Trial Practice." Mr. Daffner earned his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American bar associations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Daffner was named a Super Lawyer in 2007.
EMILY HAAS is an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, in the firm's Raleigh office. She focuses on cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, as well as related issues. Ms. Haas is admitted to practice in the federal district courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western districts of North Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and the state of North Carolina. She is a member of the American and Wake County bar associations, and the North Carolina State Bar. Ms. Haas earned her B.S. and B.A. degrees, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College; her M.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Campbell University.