Questioned Documents Section — October 2016

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Source:  Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Secretary

Program Chair Samiah Ibrahim and her committee have been busy reviewing the abstracts submitted for the New Orleans meeting.  I wish to thank those of you who submitted a paper, poster, or workshop abstract for consideration.  Your willingness to share your research is pivotal to the mission of providing educational opportunities to the members of the Questioned Documents Section.

For those of you planning to attend the New Orleans meeting, it might be wise to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  The NBA will be hosting its 2017 All-Star game in New Orleans on Sunday, February 19, after the AAFS meeting ends. To ensure having a room in the conference hotel, you can make your reservation at the Hyatt by clicking the following link:  Or, you can make your reservation by clicking the link found on AAFS Accommodations webpage:

New Orleans is a wonderful location for a meeting!  After a day of attending sessions and workshops, there are many activities you and your colleagues can take part in.  The hotel is within walking distance of the French Quarter where you can listen to live music and enjoy the local food.  The music and the unique Louisiana cuisine offer a quintessential New Orleans experience.

In New Orleans, the Questioned Documents and the Jurisprudence Sections will have a half-day multidisciplinary session discussing current legal issues that impact practitioners and officers of the court.  This multidisciplinary session is an example of one avenue of information exchange available to members of the Questioned Documents Section.  In the last newsletter, I discussed Ordway Hilton’s pivotal role in the establishment of the Questioned Documents Section. I referred to Mr. Hilton’s gift as our inheritance because we have an opportunity to attend non-QD sessions to learn and expand our scientific knowledge.  It also allows us the freedom to exchange ideas with non-QD scientists.  Your AAFS membership demonstrates you are a member of a multidisciplinary organization when providing court testimony.  Our inheritance does not decrease with the increase of heirs.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  Our inheritance grows as the membership in the Questioned Documents Section grows.  Through an increasing membership, we are a stronger section in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  There is still time for the submission of membership applications.  Encourage colleagues to claim their inheritance and join the Questioned Documents Section.  Should you or your colleague have questions, please contact Linton Mohammed, Section Chair (, or me, Jan Kelly, Section Secretary (

See you in New Orleans!