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Is Hacking Your Spouse’s Email Account Equivalent to “Domestic Violence” in Florida?

A husband discovered that his wife had accessed his email account and, according to him, she also threatened to shoot him.  So he sought a domestic violence injunction.  Ultimately, it appears that there was no evidence that the wife made the threat about the gun however, at the hearing, she admits to accessing the email account, making copies of some emails, and filing some of the information with the court.  The trial court likened the admitted behavior to cyberstalking and entered the domestic violence injunction.

But is accessing an email account the same as domestic violence?  In Florida, an injunction against domestic violence has to be premised upon some threat of imminent violence, which excludes mere uncivil behavior that causes distress or annoyance.  The First District concluded that the wife engaged in “improper behavior” but that it did not constitute domestic violence.  More specifically, the single episode of accessing a spouse’s email account did not meet the standards for harassment, stalking or even cyberstalking.

The First District’s opinion in Cheryl Young v. Michael Young is here.

For further examination of the issue, the only brief filed in the case is here.

Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 6

Both the ABA and the Am Law have come out with recent surveys confirming that nearly half of the lawyers using a smartphone choose iPhone and over 90% of tablet-lawyers are using an iPad.  No surprise.  But are they using their iDevices correctly?

Check out this one-page guide for lawyers on some easy tricks, tools, and techniques for maximizing the value of your iDevice.

Thanks to the Palm Beach Bar Association for permitting the re-print from this December 2012 Bar Bulletin.

Article is here.

Florida Trend Legal Elite 2013 – Please Vote

Florida lawyers: a brief request shameless plug to vote for me in the Florida Trend Legal Elite 2013.

Thanks for your help.

The link is here.

Christopher B Hopkins / Akerman Senterfitt / West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Bar: How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice

Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee for the invitation to speak on “How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice.”

We focused on iPhone/iPad apps for your practice, mediation, and trial as well as general social media discovery and marketing tips.

Today’s course was taught by Spencer Kuvin of Cohen & Kuvin and Christopher Hopkins of Akerman Senterfitt

Special thanks to the Committee chair, Shannon Sagan.

This course included:

*Spencer’s top 15 apps
*Christopher’s top 15 apps
*Tech in Mediation & Trial
*Social Media Marketing
*Posting Depos on YouTube?
*Social Media Discovery
*Sign PDFs on iPad = mobile office
If you missed it, or if you want to review, the Powerpoint is here.