When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States earlier this year, civil rights attorneys flooded courts to try and protect the country’s vulnerable populations. So when the national demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police began, those lawyers saw the same inequities amplified by the virus raised yet again.

National civil rights groups have arguably had a moment since the start of the Trump administration, as attorneys frequently litigate policies they label discriminatory. But both the pandemic and the demonstrations raise inequities that go beyond one policy decision or even one administration, furthering attorneys’ push for systemic change.