The Knous Award was established in memory of former governor, federal judge, distinguihed statesman and Colorado Law Alumnus, William Lee Knous '11. Conferred annually by the Law Alumni Board of Directors, the Law School's highest honor recognizes outstanding achievement and sustained service to the Law School. The School of Law is exceedingly proud to add Robert F. Hill '70 to this illustrious group by naming him the 2005 recipient of the William Lee Knous Award.
Mr. Hill is a co-founder and shareholder of Hill & Robbins, P.C., where his practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, particularly antitrust, securitites, and pension litigation and class actions. After earning his law degree from the University of Colorado, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Law Review and graduated first in his class, Mr. Hill served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the United States Dictrict Court for the Central District of California and as an associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. before returning to Colorado as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at CU. From 1975 through 1978 Mr. Hill served as First Assistnat Attorney General of the State of Colorado, where he established the Antitrust Section of the Colorado Attorney General's office.
As a founding partner of Hill & Robbins in 1978 Mr. Hill has had a leading role in many Colorado's largest civil damage recoveries in recent years. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991, Mr. Hill received the Award for Best of the Bar for Antiturst Law in 2004 as well as numerous awards for community service including the National Philanthropy Day Award as the Outstanding Volunteer in Colorado (2003); the Colorado Bar Association's Hoagland Award for Public Service; and the Individual of the Year Award and Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award from the Colorado Lawyers Committee. He recently chared the Committee on Conduct of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Board of Directors of Colorado's Ocean Journey. He is a former co-chair of Invest in Kids, a nonprofit children's organization that he co-founded in 1996, and is currently chair of the Board of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a national nurse visitation program for low-income mothers.