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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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Confirmation hearing for Martin Jenkins to Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) Confirmation hearing for Martin Jenkins to Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM

A little over six months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated court of appeals Justice Martin Jenkins to the California Supreme Court. The son of a Coit Tower janitor became the first ever openly gay justice to serve on the high court, and the first African American man to do so in 30 years.

Jenkins recently spoke with The Recorder about his transition into the role of rookie justice, his clerks and his powerful speech accepting the governor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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