In 2011, DLA Piper and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) launched Project LEARN (Lawyers' Education Access Resource Network), a program through which brief advice and advocacy assistance is provided to help homeless children stay in school.
The McKinney-Vento Act (MVA) provides important protections to homeless students to ensure their educational rights are realized. The Law Center runs a national technical assistance hotline to advise families and school advocates on the application of MVA in specific situations. DLA Piper volunteers staff this hotline by returning calls and advocating on behalf of families when needed. In addition, DLA Piper volunteers conduct Know You Rights presentations in communities to raise awareness of MVA and identify families who may need Project LEARN’s assistance.
In 2012, DLA Piper received the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) for our innovative and impactful work on Project LEARN.