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A man rides near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 6, 2020, amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) View of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on June 6, amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Close to two dozen major law firms have announced work holidays June 19—known as Juneteenth—to commemorate the end of U.S. slavery and to encourage employees to reflect on racism. Other firms will likely follow suit this year, eager to signal their commitment to racial justice amid the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death.

A handful of those firms have gone further and vowed to make Juneteenth a permanent holiday—suggesting a new industry standard in the making even as deep racial imbalances persist in Big Law.

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David Thomas

I'm a reporter covering the business of law, with an emphasis on national and global law firms for The American Lawyer, Law.com and other ALM publications.

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