in Denver, Colorado
The attorneys at Hill & Robbins believe strongly that lawyers have an obligation to give back to the community. To that end, Hill & Robbins lawyers have a long history of participation in a wide variety of pro bono and community service organizations.
Hill & Robbins has taken on significant pro bono litigation and helped to organize several nonprofit entities. Robert Hill was a founding board member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, nonprofit, nonpartisan consortium of 51 Denver-area law firms that do high impact pro bono work advocating, negotiating and litigating for children, the poor and other disadvantaged groups. The firm defended Colorado's Amendment 15 (GAVEL amendment) and Amendment 16 (campaign-finance reform initiative) on behalf of Colorado Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, as well as representing those same clients in litigation involving campaign finance reform. Members of the firm were co-founders of Invest in Kids, an organization that provides early intervention programs for at-risk children and families, and Project Safeguard, an organization committed to advancing the legal rights of victims of domestic abuse.
After being awarded attorney’s fees in a successful pro bono litigation (through the Colorado Lawyers Committee) regarding the rights of consumers to appear before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Hill & Robbins used the fees and costs awarded to the firm to establish the Hill & Robbins Fellowship for the purpose of encouraging law students to do work in the public interest. Each year, a law student from the University of Colorado or University of Denver is awarded the fellowship to work on a public-interest project either through the Colorado Lawyers Committee or Colorado Legal Services. Past projects have included the Casillas Pesticide Project to aid Colorado migrant farm workers, the Giordano school capital construction litigation, the Taylor Ranch litigation, and various other ongoing projects within the Colorado Lawyers Committee and Colorado Legal Services.
In recognition of our commitment to the Colorado Lawyers' Committee, Hill & Robbins was named Firm of the Year in 1995, and our members have been individually recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Committee. In addition, several of our attorneys have served on the Committee's board of directors and Executive Committee and Mr. Hill was the Chairperson for 1985-1987.
Individual achievements and awards
Robert Hill has also received many awards for community service over the years, including the National Philanthropy Day Award as the Outstanding Volunteer in Colorado (2003) and the Colorado Bar Association's Hoagland Award for Public Service. Robert Hill was the co-founder of Invest in Kids and served as a board member for more than a decade. He was the founding board member and has been the board chair of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a nationally recognized evidence based nurse home visitation program for at-risk families and their children, since the organization’s formation in 2003. Robert Hill also chairs the board of International Development Enterprises (iDE), a non-profit using a market based approach to help the rural poor in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
David Robbins's pro bono lobbying efforts were instrumental in the designation of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument & Preserve as a national park and preserve in 2000. Mr. Robbins has been a longstanding member and leader of the Colorado River Salinity Control Advisory Council and the Colorado Water Congress.