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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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A viral tweet last week spurred a conversation about how legal headhunters can meaningfully recruit a diverse pipeline of candidates to foster an equitable workplace—not just to bolster their demographics.

The April 26 tweet, which got more than 93,000 likes and more than 8,000 retweets, showed a screenshot of a June 2019 email from an area recruiter, which was intended for an internal colleague, about an associate-level lawyer who they might try to place at a firm. But the email was accidentally sent to the associate herself.

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Justin Henry

Justin Henry covers business news and trends at law firms, with a particular focus on the Pennsylvania market. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @jstnhenry87

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