2024 February SAFE educational seminar

Attend this seminar to earn credits to renew your SAFE membership for 2024 and renew your CFDE certification.

Date: Time
28-February-2024 16:00 (4:00 pm) PDT
28-February-2024 19:00 (7:00 pm) EDT
28-February-2024 24:00 (00:00 ) GMT
29-February-2024 01:00 (01:00 am) SAST
29-February-2024 11:00 (11:00 am) NZST

Speaker: Ms. Jacqueline Joseph

The only double-board certified forensic document examiner in the Pacific Northwest, Jacqueline began her FDE career in 1992 alongside her mentor and collaborator, the late Marcel Matley. Prior to that, she earned a BA degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona at Tucson and, most recently, received a graduate certificate in business communications from Harvard Extension School.

Jacqueline’s handwriting specialties include author identification (WRITER IDENTIFICATION: finding out who wrote suspicious documents) and document decipherment (CONTENT CLARITY: finding out what the illegible document says).

In 2020 and 2021, she was selected by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) to present poster sessions. Over the years, she has presented 17 poster sessions at conferences, including the 2011 Annual World Congress of Forensics in Chongqing, China.

Worldwide, Jacqueline is one of ten document examiners certified by the Board of Forensic Document Examiners (www.bfde.org). As a certifying board, the BFDE maintains accreditation by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB: www.thefsab.org) which recognizes certification programs offered by its ten accredited forensic boards including BFDE.

In 2022, Jacqueline was recognized as an Implementer of OSAC Registry Standards by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). She is also an active member of the ASTM E-30 Forensic Science Committee, serving as a technical advisor for the composition of the standards published by several ASTM sub-committees.

A published author, Jacqueline has written 29 papers including “Limited Exemplars and Their Use in Forming Expert Opinions,” “Handwriting Forensics: Anonymous Note Writer Identification,” and “Left-hand and Opposite-hand Handwriting Features Useful as a Basis of Forming Expert Opinions of Authorship,” as well as being cited in various forensic publications and textbooks.

Beyond her career, Jacqueline enjoys participating in Toastmasters locally, and internationally as a speech contest judge. Additionally, she is a passionate tournament bridge player and accredited bridge teacher.

Topic: Unaccustomed Left-Hand Writing Features – Illustrations


The examiner considers that questioned handwriting and/or signatures having an unnatural appearance may or may not have been written by someone using the unaccustomed left hand. In forming an expert opinion regarding authorship, the subject writer’s use of the unaccustomed left hand is considered one of several reasonable explanations for the observed significant differences between the questioned and known writing.

Illustrations drawn from Jacqueline’s research will highlight a selection of these features.