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The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.

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Kristen Clarke. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) Kristen Clarke. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Like their cousins in corporate America, many of the biggest law firms in the country have responded to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police⁠—and the subsequent tidal wave of protests nationwide—with significant financial commitments to organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

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