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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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The Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court Museum and Portait by Haitian artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre, unveiled at the Court on February 17, 2014. (Courtesy of The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society) The Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court Museum and Portait by Haitian artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre, unveiled at the court on Feb. 17, 2014. (Courtesy of The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society)

She won a special election for a new seat created to integrate the court in 1994, then had to sue her white male colleagues in 2012 to lead them, even though she was their most senior member by then. But the Louisiana Supreme Court has now renamed its museum to honor its first African American chief justice.

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Katheryn Tucker

Katheryn Hayes Tucker is an Atlanta-based reporter covering legal news for the Daily Report and other ALM publications.

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