As protests rage across the country over police killings of minorities and systemic racism, legal academics are making the case that law schools, law students and lawyers have a key role to play in promoting justice and ending inequality.

Deans nationwide are sending messages to their communities that they support the protesters as well as students, faculty and staff who are feeling unsettled or devastated by the recent events. Some schools are hosting open forums for students to share their responses to the unrest and its underlying causes, while others are holding workshops on policing and other germane legal topics. But the overarching theme of these communications is that lawyers and law students cannot turn a blind eye to racism and inequality and that the time for action is now.