Instant Insights / A National Conversation on Racism: the Legal Profession's Role in Driving Equality

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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Dan Brody, an attorney with Robinson &; Cole in Hartford, left, and Emily Covey, a law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, right. Courtesy photos Dan Brody, an attorney with Robinson & Cole in Hartford, left, and Emily Covey, a law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, right. Courtesy photos

As University of Connecticut School of Law student Emily Covey prepares to graduate this spring and start her career in the Boston office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, she’s also well aware of both subtle and outright aggression directed toward Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study after study bears out what Covey has experienced walking down the street, in her apartment building and even in a parking lot: Asian Americans have a target on their back because the coronavirus pandemic originated in China.

DATA: Anti-Asian Hate Crime Reported to Police in America’s Largest Cities: 2019 & 2020

For 28-year-old Covey, adopted from her native China by an American family, she says the incidents she endured are heartbreaking.

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Robert Storace

Robert Storace covers legal trends, lawsuits and analysis for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSCTLaw or reach him at 203-437-5950.

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