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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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(l-r) U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves of the Southern District of Mississippi, Judge James Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California, and Judge Bernice Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. (Photos: Courtesy/Diego M. Radzinschi/Jason Doiy/ALM)

Several sitting federal judges on Thursday called for the courts to become more diverse, testifying before Congress that having a more representative judiciary can help improve decision making and build up public trust in the courts.

During a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the topic of diversity within the judiciary, the judges, joined by other legal experts, described how having more minorities represented on the bench has impacted the judiciary in the past and could improve it in the future.

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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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