I is a real honor to speak on this occasion-and also something of an intimidation. The honor arises from the fact of your invitation, for which I am deeply grateful. The intimidation arises from the nature of the event. The "Charge to the Class" is like a commencement address. It is an opportunity for a person, usually of advanced years-and that would include me-to say something wise, witty, inspiring, and above all brief, to the vanguard of a younger generation, which presumably finds itself in need of advice. Well, I honestly don't think you need much advice, and if you did, I would not feel qualified to give it. In my observation you are not only extremely talented, but extremely sensible. You are well on your way to becoming good lawyers, and you understand the importance of human relationships and of personal reliability. You believe in and practice the virtues of this community, which include courtesy, civility, respect, and consideration. You know how to function as a member of a team, where success depends on working with others.

John C. Jeffries Jr., “Charge to the Class” in Honor of Lillian Bevier, 96 Virginia Law Review, 943–947 (2010).