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?

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

Zarbeco LLC - What's New?
by Dave Zweig

Zarbeco is a manufacturer of digital microscopes and imaging software for education, industry and science.  Their portable digital microscopes are well-suited for field research and examination due to their compact size and ease of connection to a laptop.  With over 25 years of optical design and digital imaging experience they can customize their products and software to meet our specific needs.  In addition to a presentation, Dave will also set up a table for hands-on examination.

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