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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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Lynn Whitcher, general counsel with MD7. Courtesy photo Lynn Whitcher, general counsel with MD7. Courtesy photo

“This has been very hard week for me and my team,” acknowledges Lynn Whitcher, general counsel at MD7 and an Asian American. A gunman in Atlanta killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

In the aftermath of the shooting, another in-house lawyer at MD7, also a woman of Asian descent, asked Whitcher if it would be acceptable to share what she was feeling—the fear, concern, and sadness—with her colleagues. 

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Phillip Bantz

Phillip Bantz is a reporter for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @PhillipBantz.

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