Uh-oh. Looks like someone forgot to check their calendar or set the alarm.
In CIARCIA, et al. v. JORGE ANEZ DAGER, et al. (Fla. 3rd DCA) (12-2565), (per Suarez and Logue, JJ., and Schwartz, Senior Judge), the Florida Third District Court of Appeal affirmed and offered a wry reminder of the consequences:
Affirmed. See Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Aristo Mortg., LLC, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D663, D663-64 (Fla. 3d DCA Mar. 20, 2013) (“At the risk of viewing professional courtesy through rose-colored glasses, we can also recall a day when counsel appearing without opposition for a hearing on an obviously-contested matter . . . would first place a telephone call to opposing counsel to confirm that some personal emergency or postal glitch had not occurred.”).
In a comment to Mark Bennett’s recent post “Mea Maxima Culpa” about Mark forgetting to show up for a law school guest lecture”, Scott Greenfield offers some sound advice to us all:
While it’s true that stercus accidit, this isn’t the sort of thing one forgets. Like your wife’s birthday or your clients’ names, there are things that can’t be forgotten. Showing up to speak to a law school class is one of those things.
It’s good that you make no excuses and take responsibility for your mistake, because you are a responsible guy and this just doesn’t happen.