MCB Volunteer Spotlight


Christopher Tucci and Jeff Schwartz


In February we spotlight our Christopher J. Tucci of Barclays Capital Inc/Barclays Bank and Jeffrey J. Schwartz of Schwartz Law Firm, P.C.  Christopher and Jeff serve as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the newly created Lawyers As Volunteers Advisory Committee or LAVA.  Christopher says he is "excited to be in the role of Chair in the inaugural year of LAVA".  Along with Jeff Schwartz and a team of other dedicated folks, they hope to build a structure that will allow the Bar to increase volunteerism while bringing appropriate accountability to these activities.  During these tough economic times, when the need for legal services is great, MCB members can continue to make a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens most in need of legal services. If you would like to get involved with volunteer activities or pro bono work, please contact Heather Blackley at or 704-375-8624 x115.

1.          Current Employer / number of years with current employer? 

CT: Barclays Capital Inc/Barclays Bank, 9 years

JS: Schwartz Law Firm, P.C., 9 years

2.          Area of Practice / Expertise? 

CT: Banking, Mortgage & Consumer Financial Services

JS: Intellectual Property Law / Registered U.S. Patent Attorney

3.          Law School / Law School Graduation Year?

CT: Capital University Law School (Columbus, OH) 1993

JS: University of South Carolina, 1992

4.          What is your past involvement with Volunteer Lawyer Program and Pro Bono for Nonprofits: 

CT: I was a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program (5 years), Pro Bono for Nonprofit Committee Chair (3 years), LAVA Chair (Current)

JS: I was a MCB Board Member (3 years), past committee member and former Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and assisted in establishing the Pro Bono for Nonprofits program

5.          What are your goals and visions for LAVA?

CT: The goal of LAVA is to develop strategic oversight to all of the volunteer works being undertaken by Bar members to ensure that all activities are consistent with the Bar' mission statement. Hopefully this will highlight more volunteer opportunities so that members can use their legal skills to make a positive impact on the community.

JS: To promote the mission of the Bar by overseeing and facilitating volunteer efforts of our Bar members, committees, and collaborative partners.

6.          Any other pertinent things you would like to share with the Mecklenburg County Bar and legal community? 

CT: I encourage each member to get involved with Bar whether serving on a committee/section, spending some time teaching a CLE or volunteering for pro-bono service. 

JS: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".




Monday December 22, 2014

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Upcoming MCB Events

1-8-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Cyber Security for Attorneys: Preventing Cyber Theft
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and learn from an FBI representative about ways to protect against cyber theft. NEW LOCATION: Bar & Foundation Center, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

1-22-15 Come Rap With Us - Women in the Legal Field
Free networking event and lunch to connect informally with peers and discuss the history of women practicing law in Mecklenburg County and look at current state of affairs for women in the legal field. Register by 1/19/15.

1-29-15 Bar Leadership Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Anne M. Tompkins
The Bar Leadership Dinner is a celebration of leadership and service provided by Mecklenburg County Bar members & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation supporters.


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