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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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Thousands march in Baltimore protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police, on  June 1, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late May triggered worldwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice. As large marches led to arrests, some solo practitioners and boutiques began posting their willingness to provide free legal counsel to those arrested peaceful protesters on social media.

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Victoria Hudgins

I am a reporter for Legaltech News, where I cover national and international cyber regulations and legal tech innovations and developments.

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