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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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It’s been a year since the Business Roundtable redefined the role of a corporation to focus on the well-being of employees and communities rather than simply short-term shareholder profits. Since then, some law firms have responded with their own units aimed at advising clients on environmental, social and corporate governance.

Leaders of these firm practices say there is plenty of demand to keep them busy now. They insist that the shift in corporations’ focus is sincere and that CEOs and corporate boards are in need of novel advice on questions that range from the legal foundations of weighing obligations to other stakeholders to expanding the scope of due diligence in transactions.

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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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