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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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Ketanji Brown Jackson District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM)

President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled his first judicial nominees, a diverse slate that includes three Black women to sit on the federal courts of appeals.

District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is Biden’s pick for one of the vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, a partner with Zuckerman Spaedar, has been tapped for the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Perkins Coie partner Tiffany Cunningham has been nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Cunninghman would be the first Black judge on the Federal Circuit, and Jackson-Akiwumi would be the only nonwhite judge on the Seventh Circuit.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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