About

Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC) began in 1987 when a handful of Dallas women attorneys pooled their talents and interests, joining together in the spirit of community service. Today ASC is a dynamic volunteer organization of almost 400 women lawyers and law students from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

ASC’s mission is to bring together women lawyers who collectively utilize their resources and talents to support local non profit organizations whose programs benefit women, children or families. ASC also is committed to providing its members with leadership and networking opportunities as it carries out its primary mission of serving the community.

Each year, ASC presents fundraising events that support its selected beneficiary, culminating in the annual ASC Luncheon. ASC’s annual beneficiary receives not only all of the money raised by its events but also enjoys increased public awareness of its services.

ASC has been fortunate to have nationally-known guest speakers at each luncheon, including such notables as former First Lady Laura Bush and Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager; Former First Lady, Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; psychologist and columnist Dr. Joyce Brothers; opera legend Beverly Sills; athlete Wilma Rudolph; model Marla Hanson; community leader Alma Powell; environmental activist Erin Brockovich; actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker; “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts; and author and screenwriter Antwone Fisher.

Since 1987, ASC has raised more than $4.4 million for Dallas area non-profits. ASC’s success is a tribute to the strong commitment by many area lawyers, law firms, businesses and individuals to the beneficiaries ASC has served.

Kara Altenbaumer-Price
2016 - 2017 Lead Chair

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Ms. Altenbaumer-Price is Senior Vice President, Corporate Risk & Governance for insurance broker USI Management & Professional Services Group. She counsels public company and pre-IPO clients on corporate governance, executive and corporate risk, and professional liability insurance language, issues, and claims.

Prior to joining USI in 2010, Ms. Altenbaumer-Price practiced in the commercial litigation group of Hughes & Luce and the Corporate Compliance, Investigations & Defense group at Andrews Kurth. She is a summa cum laude graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and served on both Law Review and the Board of Barristers. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with honors from The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Altenbaumer-Price was named the Graduate of the Last Decade by Texas Tech University School of Law in 2013. She has also been named a Rising Star in Corporate Governance by Texas Monthly and was a finalist for D Magazine’s Corporate Counsel Awards in 2014. Ms. Altenbaumer-Price has been part of Attorneys Serving the Community since 2004. In addition to ASC, she is active in the community as a board member of the Dallas Division of the March of Dimes, a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society Texas Steering Committee, and a member of the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League.

Beth Bedell
2016 - 2017 Co-Chair

Bedell_headshot_350Beth Bedell is Legal Counsel for Texas Instruments Incorporated. She provides proactive, strategic legal advice and daily counseling to human resources and business partners on all aspects of employment law. Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Beth was a member of the employment litigation group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and practiced employment, business and intellectual property litigation at Fish & Richardson. She is a magna cum laude graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review. She also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, with University Honors, from The University of Texas at Austin. Beth has been named a Rising Star in Employment and IP Litigation and a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly. She has been an active member of ASC since 2004, and after serving on several ASC committees, is honored to serve as the ASC Co-Chair for the 2016-2017 term. Beth and her husband Brad, a computer systems and network engineer, have been married for thirteen years. They have two children, a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, who fill their home with laughter.

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