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.
Rebecca R. Massiatte
2019 - 2020 Lead Chair
Rebecca R. Massiatte is a founding member at JMA Firm, PLLC, a global immigration law firm specializing in personal and dedicated immigration services to corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters, provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance (I-9 program practices), and assists with due diligence and related immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. Recognized in her field by D Magazine, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA, Rebecca's corporate clients benefit from her expertise in developing strategies to build effective immigration policies that support business objectives and employee needs. Before starting her immigration practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMA in August 2014, Rebecca practiced employment-based immigration law at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., Winstead PC, and Jackson Lewis P.C. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Social Work, cum laude, from Texas State University, and Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis. Rebecca loves all things ASC and has served as co-chair for ASC's Membership and Silent Auction committees. Rebecca and her husband Michael, a labor and employment attorney at DLA Piper, have been married for 15 exciting years and have an amazing ten-year-old daughter, Madeline, magnificent six-year-old son, Micah, and an "approximate" fifteen year old set-in-his-ways shepherd-mix, Ranger.
Patsy Yung Micale
2019 - 2020 Co-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 16 years and actively involved throughout the years in various committees, including Public Relations, Silent Auction, Meeting Arrangements, Luncheon Arrangements and Networking Committees. Patsy is super excited to serve alongside the fabulous Rebecca Massiatte as the incoming ASC Luncheon Co-Chair and is very much looking forward to making this the best ASC luncheon ever in support of Hope Supply Co! Patsy and her husband Jonathan are the proud parents of their 10 year old son Ryan, 7 year old daughter Mary Elizabeth, and 2 year old lab mix rescue Biscotti.