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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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Signs and flowers left at the Gold Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta was the scene of a mass shooting. Photo: John Disney/ALM Signs and flowers left at the Gold Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta, one of the scenes of a recent mass shooting. Photo: John Disney/ALM

Rudy Figueroa, general counsel for Mitsui Rail Capital LLC, affixes his title to each email he sends so that he’s not mistaken for an analyst, a paralegal, or some other person who’s not involved with whatever transaction or discussion is occurring. Using his title is something he does to answer the question, “Why do I belong here?” It gets tiring, he said.

Figueroa’s was one of many examples that panelists on Wednesday’s Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation “Courageous Conversations #StopAsianHate” webinar shared about the challenges that Asian American legal professionals face in the workplace. The webinar took place just weeks after a gunman walked into three different Atlanta-area spas and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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