D.C. Taxi Driver Protest Points Finger at DLA Piper
Posted Apr 21, 2009 1:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
It probably isn't the kind of advertising that DLA Piper would have sought out. But at least one Washington, D.C., cabdriver is prominently displaying the law firm's name on the vehicle's rooftop in protest of DLA Piper's representation of the government of Ethiopia.
The international megafirm, which says its paid representation of the country ended in November, continues to be involved in some pro bono projects there, reports Above the Law, in a post featuring a photograph of a protest sign atop a taxicab.
"Ethiopia is an emerging democracy and an important ally of the United States in a troubled region of the world," says the firm in a written statement submitted to the law blog. Despite the country's progress with free elections, some displaced Ethiopians are "very vocal" in their opposition to the country's government and those associated with it, the statement continues. "While we disagree with these individuals and do not believe their views reflect the majority of Ethiopian Americans, we fully support their right to voice their opinions on this matter."