Friday, September 22, 2023 at 9 AM PDT
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Valerie Weil 
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners 

2023 SAFE Conference 

The 2023 SAFE Conference will be held on Zoom again this year.  The first date was Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Pacific.  You can see those speakers on the videos.

The second date is Friday, September 22,  2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific.  We hope to see you on Zoom then!

Pąvlos Kipourąs – What about Forensic Graphology?


Short analysis and definition of terms regarding “Graphology” focusing on Forensic Graphology. Reference to different methodological approaches and forensic mentalities of expertise throughout world and their practical application in the forensic research. Expression of thoughts regarding the scientific recognition and validity of terms used in practice in forensic document examination. The scientific role of Grapho-biometrical signatures.


Pąvlos Kipourąs was born in Athens, Greece. He graduated Law School in “Dimokriteion University of Thrace” in Greece in 1996 and Forensic Graphology in “Universitą degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’” of Italy in 2000. After finishing the Master of ‘Graphological (Forensic) Expertise & Professional Consultancy’ in “Universitą degli studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’” in 2006, he graduated in ‘Graphological Techniques” in Universitą degli studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’ of Italy in 2008. He earned his PhD in ‘Forensic Graphology as an Expertise’ in “Dimokriteion University of Thrace”, Greece, 2009 and continued his studies with a Diploma of ‘Specialization in Criminalistic Graphology’ in “Universitą Pegaso” of Italy in 2013. He became an expert of ‘Grapho-biometric Signatures’ in “Centro Studi Grafologici” (CeSGraf), Italy in 2020 and attended the ‘Corso di Alta Formazione’ (Advanced Training Course) ‘Dalla firma Grafometrica alla Grafo-Bio-Metria’ in “Digital Forensic Department” of Prato, Florence, Italy, in 2023. He is an Attorney at Law since 1998, a Document Examiner/Forensic Graphologist since 2001 and Professional Graphologist since 2006.

Adviser of the «State Committee of Cinematography» of the Greek Ministry of Civilization since 2012.

Prof of “Pegaso University” of Italy (2015-2016), Prof “Scuola Forense di Grafologia” (SFG) (2016-2023) and “Scuola di Grafopatologia Forense” (SGF) (2018-2023) of Naples, Italy. Specialist in Grapho-biometric signatures (2020), Senior Researcher of South Ural State University of Russia since 2020 and Research Adviser since 2021. Prof of ‘Scuola Superiore di Perizie’ (SSP) since 2021 and Prof of “Centro di Studi Grafologici” (CeSGraf) of Rome, Italy since 2022.

Member of the Athens Bar Association of Lawyers, ENOBE (Association of Lawyers of North Greece), ΠΕΔΙΚΓΡΑΦ (Greek Association of Document Examiners), Associazione Grafologica Italiana (AGI), CIGMe (Centro Internazionale di Grafologia Medica), Slovak Graphological Society, CeSGraf (Centro Studi Grafologici), AGRAGI (Associazione Grafologica Giudiziaria), Associazione Nazionale Grafologi Forensi ed Esperti Documentali (Anigrafed) and Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE).

Kipourąs has been a speaker in 61 international conferences, seminars and lectures in 16 countries throughout world (USA, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, China, Brazil, Venezuela, India, China, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Romania), author of more than 25 published scientific articles and author of the book “Forensic Graphology as an Expertise” published in 2009 in Greece (Ed. Ant.N.Sakkoulas).

Kipourąs has recently been invited to lecture on Forensic Graphology at “Manipal University” of Jaipur, India and has served as an expert witness in USA, Greece and Cyprus.

He is an Editorial Board Member of ‘International Journal of Law in Changing World’ (IJLCW) since 2021 and ‘Journal of Digital Technologies and Law’ (JDTL) since 2022.

David Notowitz – Advanced Forensic Video Techniques to Identify and Track Subjects — Get Clarity and Think Outside the Box


That line becomes increasingly blurry when it comes to digital video and audio evidence. Can we use evidence from a YouTube video to help our clients explore the facts of a case? How can such evidence be accepted in court?

Through three case studies from matters brought to the forensics company, NCAVF, David Notowitz will explore multiple techniques for tracking and understanding actions and identifying individuals seen and heard in video and audio evidence. From the use of synchronization and magnification of video recordings to waveform analysis and clarification of audio, lead forensic expert and president of the National Center for Audio and Video Forensics will describe and demonstrate the steps taken to achieve results for their clients.


Mr. Notowitz is an Emmy award winning producer and multi-faceted video and audio evidence expert. His past specialties include commercial, feature film, and event video production. In 1986 he started Notowitz Productions and produced daily segments for the Financial News Network (later bought by CNBC).

He produced and edited corporate videos for clients such as Fox, Yahoo, GM, The Learning Channel, Rhino Entertainment, Miller Beer, IBM, Disney, Pepperdine University, University of California, and UBS Investment Bank. Notowitz Productions produced award winning films and documentaries, including Voices Of The Shoah: Remembrances Of The Holocaust, for Warner Bros., and the Emmy-nominated Carpati, which was named by the San Diego Union Tribune as one of the top ten films of 1997. He was also the editor of the nationally acclaimed 1992  documentary The Last Klezmer.

Professional awards include an L.A. Emmy and two nominations and three CableACE nominations. Mr. Notowitz created NCAVF, the National Center for Audio and Video Forensics, and has worked as a forensic audio and video expert on many cases assisting police officers, private detectives, insurance investigators, district attorneys, public defenders, and corporate attorneys with cases across the country. His evidence analysis has provided assistance to attorneys involved in criminal and civil litigation, federal and state cases, and with plaintiff, prosecution, and defense. A few of the largest corporate clients include Kroger, Target, Home Depot, PetSmart, Southwest Airlines, and McDonalds.

He is appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court Expert Witness Panel, is approved by the California State Bar as an MCLE provider, and is approved by public defenders and federal courts across the country. Speaking engagements include public defender offices, private attorney firms, and bar associations and conferences around the country.

David Notowitz has been a video forensic consultant for numerous print and television media, including Fox News, CNN, WGN Chicago, The Insider, USA Today, ABC News, KCBS Radio & TV, Inside Edition, and The Young Turks. Prominent court work includes his involvement as a video expert with the nationally covered Ivory Webb case.

Television, radio, and print coverage of the case included major national and local news outlets, from the Today Show to CNN to the New York Times. William Hadden, a partner in the law firm that defended officer Webb, wrote details of NCAVF’s contributions in the PORAC Law Enforcement News.

11:20 – 12:20

Kevin P. Kulbacki, MSFS, D-ABFDE – The ANSI/ASB Standards for Forensic Document Examination – What they Are and How to get Involved


Kevin will review the ANSI/ASB handwriting standard that was published in October 2022. This standard supersedes the ASTM/SWGDOC and SAFE handwriting standards. Kevin will review all the new ANSI/ASB standards and inform us how we can become involved in the development of the standards.


Mr. Kulbacki is a Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert bringing a decade of Forensic Document Examination expertise to KDX. His education and training include a Bachelors in Forensic Science from the University of Central Florida in 2011, a Masters in Forensic Science from the University of Florida in 2014, and formal training in Forensic Document Examination from industry expert John Paul Osborn, owner of Osborn & Son (the oldest Forensic Document Examination laboratory in the U.S.) where he completed his two-year, full time apprenticeship in Forensic Document Examination in accordance with the SWGDOC Standard for the Minimum Training for Forensic Document Examiners in 2014.

Mr. Kulbacki is also certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (D-ABFDE), and has worked as a Senior Criminalist in Questioned Documents for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), where he aided investigations into anonymous notes, threatening manifestos, and fraud. Mr. Kulbacki has also worked as a Forensic Document Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division’s National Forensic Laboratory, where he aided investigations into fraud, identity theft, and public corruption.

In addition to his extensive experience as a Forensic Document Examiner, Mr. Kulbacki is an active member of the Forensic Document Examination community participating in standards development and professional organizations, leading independent research, and serving as a lecturer for various companies and universities around the world.

1:00 – 2:00

Doug Cobb – New Concepts in Paper Forensics

Abstract Forthcoming


Doug Cobb is a Paper Scientist and Document Security Expert with over 29 years of professional experience, fourteen as a Forensic Document Examiner. He specializes in the investigation and analysis of forged or altered documents, specifically where there is suspicion that sections were inserted, modified, or copied and pasted from other sources. He has developed unique paper solutions for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Canon, McDonald’s, and Deluxe Check.

Through this experience as a Paper Scientist, he has developed new science-based methodologies to eliminate document fraud and improve document security, including processes to determine if questioned documents come from the same source or paper. He has developed two patent pending technologies for advancements in forensic document examination and legal document security, ScanRite Paper ID Technology and SecureDoc-DNA.

Doug earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products, with a specialization in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a frequent invited speaker at professional organizations for document examiners and handwriting experts, including training sessions on topics of paper and print characteristics, and legal document security. He is an active member of SAFE, the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners and ACFE, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

2:10 – 3:10

John Troxel – Computer forensics as a compliment to document forensics

Abstract – Forthcoming

John Troxel manages cases requiring technological expertise, including electronic discovery, computer forensics, online research and construction of project databases. An investigator since 1997, he’s directed cases all over the country as well as several overseas, with proficiency in developing evidence from computers and associated media, finding people, interviewing, corporate investigations, background searches and pollution liability disputes. John is frequently engaged to identify, collect, analyze and produce electronic evidence on digital storage media such as hard drives, cell phones, etc.; and qualified in California Superior Court to provide expert testimony. He is often asked to speak on issues relating to electronic evidence.

He has nearly 500 hours of specialized training with AccessData, NTI/Armour, Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Academy, High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Paraben Forensics and Techno Security. He received his California PI License #22186 in 1999, Professional Certificate in Computer Forensics from Oregon State University in 2003, and qualified as an AccessData Certified Examiner in 2007.