CHICAGO – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recognized Reed Smith, Chicago partner Austin Hirsch and counsel Lowell Sachnoff, for ongoing pro bono efforts, at its annual dinner held last night at the Palmer House Hilton. Over the past decade, Hirsch and Sachnoff have spearheaded efforts by Reed Smith lawyers who have supported the Bulletin in its mission to reduce man-made threats from nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies.

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Sachnoff, counsel in Reed Smith’s Chicago office and founding member of the office’s legacy firm Sachnoff and Weaver, is a two-time member of the Bulletin’s board – after his first term from 2005 – 2014, he joined the board again in 2015, and will move into a consultant position when he retires from the board at the end of this year. Hirsch has served on the board since 2010 and currently serves on the Bulletin’s Executive Committee as the Treasurer of the Governing Board and the Chair of its Finance Committee.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Bulletin for our long-standing trusted partnership,” said Hirsch. “Reed Smith has enjoyed supporting the Bulletin’s important mission and forming deep relationships with leaders in the scientific community.”

Over the past few years, Reed Smith lawyers from multiple offices have contributed more than 250 pro bono hours to support the Bulletin’s efforts. The firm has negotiated the Bulletin’s publishing contracts and helped protect the intellectual property rights of the Bulletin’s trademarks, including negotiating a resolution with a third-party preserving future protection and use by the Bulletin of its globally-recognized Doomsday Clock. Reed Smith also helped the Bulletin with respect to its governance and bylaws, assisting in returning the Bulletin to its roots at the University of Chicago by extricating it from an existing lease and provided global advice for data security.