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 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.

Patsy Yung Micale
2021 - 2022 Lead Chair

Patsy Yung Micale currently holds the position of Deputy Chief, Central Law Division, for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Counsel, and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Prior to joining DHS USCIS OCC in February 2009, she practiced exclusively in immigration and nationality law at various law firms in Houston and Dallas.  Patsy is a graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) and South Texas College of Law, where she earned her J.D. cum laude in 1997 and was the recipient of both the Outstanding Female Graduate Award, as voted on by her peers, and the Lindsey Haid Memorial Award, as voted on by the faculty.  Throughout her career, Patsy has been recognized with several honors and awards, including the Texas Young Lawyers Association President's Award of Merit, the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association Outstanding Committee Chair Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Best Lawyers Under 40, and Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Five Outstanding Young Dallasites.  In 2013, Patsy received the USCIS Director’s Employee of the Year Pillar of Leadership Award.  Outside the office, Patsy enjoys volunteering in charitable and professional organizations.  She has been a member of Attorneys Serving the Community for approximately 18 years and actively involved throughout the years in various committees, including Public Relations, Silent Auction, Meeting Arrangements, Luncheon Arrangements and Networking Committees.  Patsy is thrilled and honored to lead this year’s ASC events in support of The Bridge Breast Network!  Patsy and her husband Jonathan are the proud parents of their 12 year old son Ryan, 9 year old daughter Mary Elizabeth, and 4 year old lab mix rescue Biscotti.

Maeghan Whitehead
2021 - 2022 Co-Chair

Maeghan Whitehead is a partner at Griffith Barbee PLLC, where she counsels and advocates for businesses and individuals in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. Maeghan represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs across a wide variety of industries and has litigated cases in numerous federal and state courts. Clients appreciate Maeghan’s practical, business-oriented approach, high energy, and ability to excel when the stakes are high. Maeghan has been selected to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list, served on the board of directors of Shakespeare Dallas, and is a graduate of Leadership Arts Institute by Business Council for the Arts. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School, where she served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Maeghan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with honors. Maeghan is excited and honored to serve alongside the fabulous Patsy Yung Micale and looks forward to bringing her advocacy skills to raise funds and awareness for The Bridge Breast Network. Maeghan loves all things ASC and has previously co-chaired the underwriting and luncheon arrangement committees and served on the networking, speaker selection, and charity selection committees. When not advocating for her clients and the causes in which she deeply believes, Maeghan enjoys traveling and cheering on the Texas Longhorns with her husband of eight years, Jim LaMarca, an Assistant District Attorney in Ellis County, and spending time with their two pugs, Wilbur and Queenie.

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