As a professional speaker, member of National Speakers Association and Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze, Mike tailors his presentation to meet the needs of your meeting attendees. He has delivered more than 200 training sessions and presentations at seminars and conferences.
His presentations can include case studies from his forensic document examination experience and from cases requiring a document examiner submitted from the audience. A presentation must deliver value to the attendees. Ideally, the presentation is a two-way learning environment where the presenter is a student of the audience and the audience is a student of the presenter. Mike enjoys an interactive session where audience members can ask questions about handwriting, signatures, altered documents, digital signatures and other topics which enhance the speech with valuable nuggets.
All presentations are a minimum of one hour long. Each presentation can be tailored to the focus of your audience. The format is interactive with encouragement of audience questions and participation. Short exercises help the attendees learn concepts. You can insert a forensic document examination case from your law firm or organization into the presentation. Use of a case in which forgery, altered documents or other ruling was given can enhance the learning.
An Overview of Forensic Document Examinationprovides the attendee with basic information about forensic document examination. Terminology is defined. Reasons for not using terms such as forgeryand fraud are explained.
What are the ASTM standards applicable to forensic document examiners?
When are various tools used to examine questioned documents?
What are generally accepted methods of examining questioned documents?
What is the basis of handwriting comparison?
What is the difference among simulated writing, altered documents, disguised writing?
Why must the document examiner be able to distinguish computer generated documents?
This 5-hour interactive seminar presents many aspects of forensic document examination.
Topics covered are
1) An overview of forensic
2) Handwriting identification
3) The effects of bias on
forensic examiners’ opinions
4) The future of forensic document
examination including examining signatures written on digital pads.
workshops offer the attendees an opportunity to solve cases. Computer demonstrations
show the importance of software tools to examine documents and handwriting.
Legal Aspects of Forensic Document Examination explores the standards and legal rulings that affect the forensic document examiner as an expert witness. The concept of general acceptance of methodologies for performing forensic document examination are presented.
What is forensic document
Do the courts consider document examination as a science?
How is a scientific approach applied to
What are some legal decisions affecting forensic document examination?
Forensic science legislation before Congress
What are types of problems document
How can the document examiner prepare effective court exhibit?
What are attributes to look for when selecting a document
According to the 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, bias is pervasive in forensic science. Handwriting examination, fingerprint analysis, tool marks, bite marks and other disciplines requiring subjective interpretation of evidence were the focus of laboratory bias.
The presentation The Effects of Motivational and Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science explores the causes of bias and methods of avoiding the influence of bias on expert's opinions.
What is bias? What is the difference between motivational bias and cognitive bias?
What is Goldyne's framework conceptualizing
the origins of bias?
How does motivation and ability
affect the information processing of jurors?
Does framing a case affect an expert's opinion?
How can the situation can bias the
interpretation of evidence?
Can a forensic expert create bias when interviewing participants in an investigation?