The Association of Forensic Document Examiners [USA] was formed in 1986 as a professional organization for forensic document examiners. Our original goals were to provide quality continuing education, promote research within the field, establish a board certification program, and publish a journal devoted exclusively to document examination. We accomplished these goals and we continue to make an impact within the profession.

The AFDE annual continuing education symposiums are held in cities across the United States. The 2015 and 2016 symposia were held in San Antonio, TX and Myrtle Beach, SC respectively.

The Journal of Forensic Document Examination is published annually and is available by subscription through the Westlaw Database.

The 2017 AFDE Bryan Found Research Award was awarded to the best student research paper presented at the IGS Conference in June 2017. Carina Fernandes won for her presentation of "Alzheimer's Disease and Handwriting - What do we know so far?" The research was undertaken with co-author José Manuel Lopes Lima and will be presented by video at the 2017 AFDE Symposium.
Past winners of the AFDE Best Student Paper Award are posted
here.
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Document examiners often use stereomicroscopes to examine details such as continuity of a writing line or interaction between ink and paper. Photomicrographs are used to demonstrate the observations in reports or exhibits for court.

NEWS:
AAFS Fellow and BFDE Vice-President Andrew Sulner organized, moderated and participated in the highly acclaimed Plenary Session kicking off the 67th annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting held in Orlando, Florida during the third week of February, 2015. His Plenary presentation, “Why Forensic Scientists Should Embrace the Concept of Bias Control,” can be viewed in its entirety by clicking HERE. All Plenary presentations are viewable from the AAFS resource page.
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A full-day workshop on Cognitive Bias, co-chaired by Mr. Sulner and Innocence Project co-Director Barry Scheck, was presented a day earlier. The workshop, entitled “Cognitive Bias Issues in the Forensic Analysis of Pattern and Impression Evidence and in Medico-legal Evaluations,” comprised a multidisciplinary faculty of distinguished professionals drawn from the fields of psychology, law, medicine, and forensic science. CLICK HERE for a synopsis of presentations.