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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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Kinika Young, senior director of health policy and advocacy with the Tennessee Justice Center, struggled to feel recognized social and culturally during her time at Bass, Berry & Sims. Photo Alex Kent

Kinika Young didn’t leave Big Law because of anything overtly racist. It was more subtle than that.

She didn’t mind the work at Bass, Berry & Sims, the largest firm in Tennessee, with nearly 300 lawyers. As an introvert, it was the social navigation that frustrated her, she says—the unwritten rules. Her first couple of years at the firm went terribly. She felt unable to connect with her colleagues. Several years removed from her time at the firm, she’s surprised to look back and realize she stayed for more than a decade.

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Dylan Jackson

Dylan Jackson writes about the business of law and race. He can be reached at [email protected] or 305-347-6677. On Twitter @DylanBJackson

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