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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Thousands march in Baltimore protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police. Thousands march in Baltimore protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police, on Monday, June 1, 2020. The peaceful march took demonstrators on a route from the Convention Center to City Hall, then onto the I-83 Expressway and then off the Expressway via the Chase Street ramp, rounding up with a loop of the prison and Central Booking and back downtown. Derek Chauvin, the police officer that was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as the unarmed, handcuffed man laid flat and unable to breathe, has been charged with second-degree murder. Mass demonstrations have taken place nationwide since the incident took place. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States earlier this year, civil rights attorneys flooded courts to try and protect the country’s vulnerable populations. So when the national demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police began, those lawyers saw the same inequities amplified by the virus raised yet again.

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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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