Forgery Fighter — Newsletter

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There is a web site offering The Attorney's Guide to Document Examination and Forensic Document Examination, Principles and Pracrice, for free. The author, Katherine Koppenhaver, has not authorized anyone to offer her books at no charge. The website in question has been contacted and asked to remove her books. The only income an author has for writing a book comes from royalties.

New Organization Formed

Ms. Koppenhaver has founded a new organization known as the International Association of Document Examiners (IADE). The purpose of the organization is to provide education to forensic document examiners and to certify those who demonstrate their knowledge of the field and their ability to solve cases. The organization is open to anyone interested in the field. The only restriction is that anyone with a criminal record is not elligible to join.

IADE's Annual Interactive Seminar and Workshop

IADE's first seminar was held in Jamaica September 2015. The Annual Interactive Seminar and Workshop was held in Annapolis, Maryland, September 2016 and in Denver, Colorado, September 2017.

Classes in Document Examination

Continuing education classes in document examination are now available to all document examiners. Classes are held on Monday evenings at 8:00 P.M.Eastern Time. Classes are taught using a virtual classroom. Attendees log onto a specific session through Yugma and via conference call. Sessions are free for anyone interested in learning more about the field of document examination.

Encyclopedia for Document Examination

Members of IADE are working on an encyclopedia for document examiners on the IADE website.

National Handwriting Day

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. It is the birthday of John Hancock who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Resources for Document Examiners

A list of resources for document examiners can be obtained from Kathie Koppenhaver. Request your free copy.

Websites of Interest to Document Examiners