Washington-AP -- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has urged about 500 graduates of George Washington University's law school to volunteer their time.
That was part of her commencement speech today at the university in Washington D.C.
O'Connor told the grads they should help people who can't afford legal help. She says no paid legal work she did in private practice gave her more satisfaction.
She also told them lawyers should work to achieve "both the perception and the reality of equal justice."
O'Connor has played a crucial tie-breaking role in cases involving race. She's expected to be the deciding vote in this year's case on affirmative action in higher education admissions.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule before summer on whether race can be considered when public universities choose their students.