NADE Annual Conference:

                 2018 NADE ANNUAL CONFERENCE                     ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA

                               Saturday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 8, 2018


One Ocean Resort


Single (1 person) $180.00 + tax
Double (2 people) $180.00 + tax

       (print, fill out, mail to Treasurer Susan Abbey)

    * All rooms are Deluxe Oceanview rooms at $ 180.00 per night plus tax.

    The room rate includes:
    Unlimited guestroom snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
    Internet access (Wi-Fi)
    Personalized refreshment center
    Exercise facilities
    Pool docent service
    Nightly turn down service, and much more
    The Resort will allow 3 days PRIOR TO the conference at the same rate but     NONE after. The Players Golf Championship is right after our conference.

    To reserve your room call the resort at 1-800-874-6000 or 904-249-7402.
    Explain that you are attending the NADE Conference to get the                     special rate.
    Call ASAP - no reservations will be made after April 1, and all rooms           may be booked before that.

    2018 Conference Chairperson:
    Richard Orsini

 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS - Speakers, Topics and Abstracts
(alphabetical by Speaker)

“Falsifying Aging in Signatures” – what do attempts to falsify aging in
signatures actually look like?
by Susan Abbey, CDE. D-BFDE

We will examine the results of a research project involving 100 subjects who were asked to “forge” an individual’s signature attempting to make it look 20 years older than the exemplar given, as well as attempting to “forge” the same person’s signature after he actually was elderly and show signs of actual aging in his signature.  What does falsified tremor look  like compared to the real thing?  What other attempts besides tremor were used  to make a signature appear to be by an elderly person?  How successful are the results?

The CSI Effect:  Is It Relevant to You?
by Brittany Borzych

The CSI Effect is a controversial issue in the fields of Forensic Science and Criminal Justice.  If it does exist, it is said to affect everyone, even when they don’t know it.  Currently, the CSI Effect has been brought to our attention due to the juries’ new and rapidly changing use of technology.  In the opinion that it does exist, Brittany discusses how the benefits outweigh the negative.  Based on her research, the presentation will help the audience understand why it becomes more beneficial to acknowledge the possibility of The CSI Effect’s existence and to learn how to work with it.

Distinguish Daubert and Frye
Judge Carmine Bravo

In addition to the two landmark cases we will discuss do’s and don’ts of an expert witness.  Also, will you give testimony as an expert or one with sufficient knowledge, training, background and experience to inform the trier of fact?

ALIAS – Automated Linguistic Identification and Assessment System
by Dr. Carole Chaski

A special software program designed to assist document examiners. ALIAS
produces a forensic linguistic analysis, including statistical routines, which
classify a questioned document to one author or another.  Results from ALIAS
have been admitted as scientific testimony in the U.S. (under Daubert & Frye),
and in Australia, Canada, and Europe without any restrictions.

The Hidden Secrets Within Paper – The Link Between Paper Making and
 Document Examination

by Doug Cobb and James Bradford

Document Examiners often run into situations where they need to determine if a specific sheet of paper is original to the document; or if it was inserted or substituted into the document at a later time. The answer may be within the paper itself.  Paper Forensics will provide insight into the secrets hidden within the sheet of paper.  We will discuss key events that happen during the paper making, paper converting and printing processes that can give you certain clues to look for when examining questioned documents.   Paper making topics will include fiber differentiation, sheet formation and paper chemistry.  We will explain what happens to paper as it goes through the converting process.  Finally, we will discuss the balance of paper’s internal and surface chemistry and its impacts on printing.
The Sherlock Effect: How the famous detective has influenced the
development and methods of forensic handwriting and document examination.

by Heidi Harralson, CDE, D-BFDE

Case Illustrations will explain how The Sherlock Effect relates to forensic handwriting and document examination.

Darkest Under the Candle – Shedding Light on the Clues
by Ruth Holmes, CDE

Discover how to find clues in the most obvious places and ways through common sense, sound research, and good luck.  After 35 years in the field, Ruth Holmes has seen it all and will share what works and what does not work.  Find out the meaning of “Rosebud.”

Case Reviews
Jeanette Hunt, CDE

After more than 30 years in the field of Forensic Document Examination, we find there is a lesson to be learned with each case.  This presentation is a collection of cases and lessons learned.  Lastly, why would two document examiners have different opinions on the same case?  We will examine the reasons in depth.
                   Case #1:    Bobby Ingram
                   Case #2:    Gertrude Ann Perlicki
                   Case #3:    The Mysterious Bible “Will”
                   Case #4:    Holographic “Will”

You See, But You Do Not Observe
Linda James, CDE

Going beyond merely seeing evidence to observing it is the document examiner's primary duty.  It is engaging in the methodology to developing and putting into practice the habits that open the door to mindfully observing what has been given to you to examine.  Mindful observing is a skill untapped.  It is a model for thinking and a powerful way to seeking, and hopefully finding, the “truth”. 

How much do we miss that would actually make a difference in our findings, simply because we did not take the time to think about and really observe the evidence?  In our world, crimes are expected to be solved quickly (just watch any crime scene TV show).  How often I have heard, “I’m not an expert, but here is what I see”.  Yes, the layman sees, but the examiner is supposed to observe.  The cases I am showing you are ones I have engaged in using a methodological process of thinking.  The approach is one of observing the details with an inquisitive mind, making notes of them, basing an opinion upon a critical examination of the evidence, and applying the methodology appropriately.

Becoming a More Effective Rebuttal Witness - Part 4
by Jacqueline Joseph, CDE, D-BFDE

Among other things, a skillful rebuttal witness will:
    * Evaluate the reliability of an opposing expert’s work product.
    * Provide key factors that expose opposing expert’s digressiveness, lack of            thoroughness, and subjectivism.
    * Provide meaningful cross-examination questions (with anticipated answers)        for the client attorney.
By becoming a more effective rebuttal witness you will:
    * Help the judicial system avoid wrongful convictions.
    * Move justice forward and strengthen the standards in our forensic specialty.
    * Help yourself by reviewing your own transcripts and CV – you are not                exempt from being barred.

When is a Scan not a Scan but a Scam?
by Ann Manhony, CDE

Like it or not, the world is now digital.  Entertainment is streamed to hand-held devices; third world entrepreneurs conduct business globally from smart phones.  Documents are scanned and stored in the cloud.  Electronic documents are viewed as safe, secure, easily accessible, and most importantly – cost effective – in the realms of government, finance, health care, education, real estate, corporate business, and more.  A document examiner’s request for “originals” is becoming more  problematic, as the only saved images are often electronic.  How can you determine if a scanned signature is a cut & paste or sourced from an original genuine document?  Can you discern a scan of a scan?  Discover what to look for, what to consider, and how to deal with documents in today’s fast-paced cyber world.

Tracking and Taking Trophy of the Predatory Pen
by Marcel Matley, CDE

American Indians were among the world’s finest trackers.  No physical detail of their prey’s passage and its implications were lost to them.  The pen records the forger’s tracks and leaves many minute details of that passage.  The key to interpreting the evidence of the forger’s identity is not let the inconspicuous tell-tale details be lost to us, to interpret it all in the full dynamic of its recreated reality of its original passage.

The Adventures of Ginger McKinnon
by Ginger McKinnon

A case of duplicate identity.  A document was sent to identify its authenticity.  Upon making a list of the documents, a small potentially important detail was then discovered.  Could it be that this detail would eventually be the break in the case?

Manufactured Evidence - The Truth is in the Details
by Dr. Larry Miller, CDE   
     Dr. Chris Burkey
Sherlock Holmes quipped in the Bascombe Valley Mystery that “there is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact”.  As document examiners, we all know how often copies of documents are introduced in court as “next best evidence” when the original is unavailable.  This presentation will focus on those common methods that are used to manufacture fraudulent documents.  A number of actual cases will be discussed and presented to illustrate the need for document examiners to take care in authenticating non-original documents in courts where the “next best  evidence” is being proffered.  In addition, one case will be presented where the question involved whether the mother of a seven-year-old child actually drew incriminating pictures being offered as evidence in child sexual abuse.

Villainy in the Details
by Richard Orsini, CDE

A look at the details of a document that may prove to be more important than the original question raised.  Several samples will be given to demonstrate that EVERYTHING about a document should be questioned.

The Game is afoot: Handling the Courtroom and the Court of Public          Opinion
John Phillips, Esq.

When dealing with the media, lawyers, judges and juries, the game                certainly is afoot.  Everyone has an individual perspective and audience to
impress.  Attorney John Phillips will attempt to provide insight about handling
everything from the courtroom to the court of public opinion.

The Hound of Cooperstown

by Karl Schaffenberger, CDE

The challenges of authenticating (or not) sports memorabilia are many and imposing, not the least of which is obtaining reliable and verifiable standards.  FBI statistics estimate that more than 70% of materials on the market are fake.  For that reason, many FDEs do not accept these cases.  This is the story about a disputed signature of Ted Williams, not for the purposes of selling it to a collector but, rather, to settle a law suit.

Physiological Influence on Handwriting
Patricia Siegel

Handwriting can be compromised by a number of factors that affect fluency and stroke quality, including the aging process, hand position, diseases, surgery and drugs.  The focus of this presentation will be on a variety of types of physiological influences on handwriting to assist the document examiner in differentiating between natural causes of writing disturbances and simulations in attempted forgeries.

Trial Bias
Mike Wakshull

Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?
Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem.  Bias exists in all people. The ability to recognize your biases and biases o your opponent can save or lose your retaining attorney's case.
Black's Law Dictionary, Ninth Edition, defines 4 types of bias in the courtroom.  Not on the list of biases is "Expert Witness Bias." As an expert witness there is a responsibility to recognize whether you are succumbing to unconscious biases that will be exposed in deposition or trial.  We all have biases;  learn to overcome yours and deliver a foolproof testimony.
This presentation introduces four forms of courtroom bias plus expert witness bias.  You learn how to recognize these biases in yourself, the opposing expert witness, and the attorneys.
After this seminar, you will:
    * Effectively recognize and reduce your biases.
    * Know how to counter the biases of the opposition.
    * Determine whether your forensic examiner's report is biased.
    * Recognize the effects of bias on a forensic examiner's opinions.
    * Make implicit biases work in your favor.
    * Learn how biases impact the jury's perspective.
Variants of this presentation have been delivered to bar associations legal conferences and forensic expert meetings and seminars.

Handwriting Examination and Human Factors:  Improving the Practice Through a Systems Approach
by Emily Will, CDE, D-BFDE

The NIST Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Handwriting Examination has completed its work and expects its report to be released in March, 2018.  The recommendations will be reviewed from the point of view of the private practice document examiner.

When ‘No Conclusion’ is the Correct Conclusion
by Emily Will, CDE, D-BFDE

Experts in general may be reluctant to return a “no conclusion” opinion.  However, as Dr. Bryan Found often stated, “Inconclusives are the true measure of expertise.”  Sherlock Holmes, who said “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt” (in The Yellow Face) might or might not agree, but the logic behind his famous statement, “Eliminate all other factors and the one which remains must be the truth” (in The Sign of Four) could easily be used to support a “no conclusion” result.  This presentation will illustrate some “no conclusion” opinions with adjudicated cases and make the case that “no conclusion” is a strong and important level of opinion.
The Un-Empty House & The Case of Mis-Identity
by Cina Wong, CDE

Sometimes the most important clues are not obvious, or are they?  Plus, one overlooked piece of evidence leads to the misidentification of a writer.  Find out how you can prevent this from happening to you!

MiScope & Filter Wheel: Uses in Forensic Document Examination?
by Dave Zweig

This presentation will introduce the MiScope handheld digital microscope and
demonstrate its uses in the examination of documents and handwriting.  The
MiScope can provide magnification from 5-140x, with resolution below 2
microns.  It can be configured with white, infrared (IR) and/or ultraviolet (UV)
illumination – all of which are useful in the examination and comparison of inks
and papers.  Different examination techniques such as direct and oblique
illumination as well as IR reflectance and UV-induced fluorescence will be
shown and explained using the MiScope.  In addition, IR luminescence will be
demonstrated using the MiScope Filter Wheel accessory.  Advanced features of
the Video Toolbox Premier software will be demonstrated including transparent
overlays, precision calibration and measurement.

A POSTER SESSION will be facilitated by Debra Dunlap.

ADDITIONAL abstracts will be added as they are received.

     Jacksonville Information


 NADE members   = $ 350.00  before  4/1/18
 NADE members   = $ 400.00 after 4/1/18
 NADE International members = $ 250.00 
 Non members  = $ 400.00 before  4/1/18
 Non members  = $ 450.00 after 4/1/18
Students  = $ 100.00 discount


    Arrival   - Friday, May 4 or earlier
    Conference - Saturday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) through Tuesday, May 8 (Banquet)
    Depart  - Wednesday, May 9 by noon