I make mistakes and it happens more than I like to admit. I get to laugh at most of my mistakes and my clients are never that prejudiced for when I have an attack of the stupids.
However, this time I have to have a judge sign off on my mistake as being harmless. This oopsie involves a court order where yours truly wrote the wrong date on it: I wrote January 5th when it was actually January 6th. The clerk file-stamped the order with my error on it and on my way I went. (Note: the filestamp put the correct date on the order).
At the time, I didn’t think anything of it. I should have. And now, a year later, I am responding to a Motion to Dismiss because of my handwriting error.
Writing the brief where my actions are the focus is a whole new experience and signing an affidavit stating that I am an idiot just adds insult to injury:
- I am over the age of twenty-one and licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois
- On January 6, 2009, I was the attorney present before the court in this matter.
- I filled out the form order at issue in this motion and it is my handwriting that says the date was January 5, 2009.
- I mistakenly wrote the wrong date in the order.
- I forgot the damn date and defense counsel is making me look like even more of an idiot.
- Further affiant sayeth not.
I was just trying to make the whole process go a little bit faster.