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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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James Smith James Smith, J.D. candidate, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

A growing number of Black law students have been admitted to law school in 2020, and an increasing number have taken the Law School Admissions Test since mid-March—potentially signaling progress in a long-sought change in the legal profession in Philadelphia and beyond.

And many students say they chose a legal career to work on issues related to race and social justice to foster systemic change, further entrenched by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent protests calling for justice system reform.

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