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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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I first heard of Dr. Eddie Moore’s 21-day racial equity habit building challenge from Kelly Dermody, a friend and colleague of mine from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, who is also chair-elect of the American Bar Association section of labor and employment law. Dermody shared with me an email she sent to her entire team to join her in the 21-day challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to create effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership. Over a 21-day period, participants perform one action to understand how issues of power, privilege, oppression and equity impact society. The action may be a reading, listening to podcasts, watching videos, or observations, as a way to form and deepen community connections. It is a suggested plan that can be adapted to a sector, an ethnic/racial group, or interest area.

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