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 nearly $5 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.
2017 - 2018 Lead Chair
Beth Bedell is Legal Counsel for Labor & Employment at 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 five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter, who fill their home with laughter.
2017 - 2018 Co-Chair
Jessica O’Neill serves as Complex Claims Counsel at Markel Assurance, where she evaluates insurance coverage and manages large scale professional liability insurance claims. She also serves as the Mid-South Region’s Claims Advocate, bridging communications between the region’s underwriters and claims teams. Before joining Markel, Jessica practiced law in both Illinois and Texas (and continues to hold licenses in both states). She began her law practice with a concentration in civil litigation, representing defendants in construction, medical malpractice, premise liability, and transportation law matters. Thereafter, she practiced as coverage counsel, advising various insurers, excess insurers, and reinsurers on coverage issues arising from third-party liability policies and representing insurers in extra-contractual litigation. She received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Western Michigan University and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in Chicago, Jessica served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Since moving to the DFW area in 2013, Jessica has been an active member of ASC and has been honored to co-chair the ASC Silent Auction for the last three years. Jessica is thrilled to serve as the Co-Chair for the 2017-2018 term. Jessica and her husband Shane, a business director at Baylor University Medical Center, have been married for 11 years and have a five-year-old son, Nolan, and a nine-year-old lab-mix, Rooney.