2017 Hill & Robbins Public Interest Paid Internship

Each year, a student from the University of Colorado or the University of Denver is awarded the internship to work on a public-interest project either through the Colorado Lawyers Committee or Colorado Legal Services (CLS).  Past projects have included the Casillas Pesticide Project to improve the health of Colorado migrant farm workers, the Giardino school capital construction litigation, the Taylor Ranch litigation, and various other ongoing projects within the Colorado Lawyers Committee and CLS.

This year’s Hill & Robbins Fellow will be placed with Colorado Legal Services and will work under the direction and supervision of the Managing Attorney of the ID Project.   The ID project provides services to low-income individuals who are facing barriers to basic benefits, housing, employment opportunities, and health care as a result of missing identification documents (birth certificate, marriage license, passport, or other state-issued ID).  The law student will help staff with their important work through some or all of the following responsibilities: preparation of draft pleadings, strategizing on policy work with administrative agencies, legal research, case organization and investigation, client interviews, and client communication.  At the end of the internship, the student will have experienced working with low-income individuals, representatives of Colorado administrative and government agencies (including the Department of Revenue and Motor Vehicles on policy issues), administrative agencies across the United States, and governmental organizations.

The first portion of the Internship is 100 hours of work during the Spring semester of 2017 for which time the Intern is paid at the rate of $10 per hour.  The second phase is full-time work for ten weeks during the summer of 2017.  For this effort, the student will receive a $3,000 stipend.  The optional third portion of the project, in the fall of 2017, consists of preparation of a paper related to the activities and work performed during the Internship.  The Intern will receive independent study credit for the fall semester as per agreement with his or her law school.

The Intern also must have strong analytic, research, and writing skills as well as the ability to work well with people.  The Hill & Robbins Intern should be an individual with absolute reliability, initiative, responsibility, and a strong commitment to public interest law.

Colorado Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume, along with one to three written recommendations concerning the applicant’s research and writing skills and suitability for the position.  The application deadline is February 24, 2017.  Interviews will be held in late February.  Materials should be sent to:

Nathan P. Flynn
Hill & Robbins, P.C.
1660 Lincoln Street, Suite 2720
Denver, Colorado 80264

By Judy Stein
Judy Stein Career Consultant Judy Stein