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Don’t Sit Out This Important Election

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We all have an important job to do on Nov. 8.

Vote.

(For polling places, important dates and other information, check out our 2016 Voter Guide.)

I know many people are fed up with politics and rhetoric from both political parties, or maybe you don’t really like any of the candidates running. But not voting is not the right choice.

Don’t sit out this election. There are too many important issues facing our country, our state and each of us individually. When you cast your ballot for president, governor, Congress, the N.C. General Assembly, judges and local officials, you have the power to change things for the better. But if you don’t vote, you give up that power.

You could be hurting yourself in the process.

Even those races that don’t seem to affect your life can have a tremendous impact.

Our next president will nominate justices to the Supreme Court. Members of Congress will vote which nominees to approve. And those justices will rule on matters of law that affect everyone’s civil rights and personal liberties.

Our next governor will have the power to enact or veto laws affecting business recruitment, personal and religious freedoms and workers rights. He will also be charged with appointing people to crucial positions within state government, including the N.C. Industrial Commission. Those political appointments could directly impact the resolution of your workers’ compensation claim.

Members of congress and state legislators wield incredible power, as well. Their decisions affect civil rights, human rights, worker rights, equal rights and public safety.

State and local judicial races are also important. Some of these are nonpartisan races, so you’ll find those at the end of the ballot. If you vote a straight ticket, you still need to cast your ballot for these important judicial races.

I believe you are someone, like us, who care about the integrity of our courts and electing judges who are fair to all sides and independent in their judgments. We have been representing community members for more than 25 years and have gained insight and experience within our judicial community. As a civil lawyer, I pay close attention to the North Carolina appellate courts. On Nov. 8, voters will elect judges for the North Carolina appellate courts, shaping our judicial system for years to come.

Now more than ever, we need fair and independent judges, committed to equal justice for all. This year, North Carolina voters will choose one justice on the Supreme Court and five judges on the Court of Appeals. Some races are nonpartisan, and candidates will appear with no party identification. The Court of Appeals candidates will be designated with their party affiliation (D or R), but the N.C. Supreme Court candidates will have no party designation.

Some of my friends, clients and family have asked for my recommendations in the judicial races. You will find these personal recommendations, along with endorsements from the N.C. Advocates for Justice at the end of this post.

Use your ballot wisely.

We offer these endorsements because we believe these candidates will stand up for the rights of hardworking North Carolinians and will set our state and nation on the right path. Please join us in supporting these candidates.

Some candidates who say they are looking out for people like you are lying. They are beholden to special interests and the insurance companies, or they’re pandering to fear, racism and bigotry.

Electing them will not be good for America, North Carolina or for you and your family.

We fully believe the candidates we have endorsed will best represent the rights of North Carolina workers.

Feel free to make copies of this blog post for your friends and family, and share on Facebook or other social media. Encourage everyone who is eligible to get out and vote! Be sure to bring a copy of these endorsements with when you vote, or write down these names and put the list in your wallet. (Smart phones cannot be used in the voting booth.)

2016 Election Endorsements

Every election season, the NCAJ PAC makes endorsements in important state, national and statewide judicial races.

We stand with the NCAJ in support of these candidates, as we believe they will do the best job of protecting people’s rights and treating everyone fairly, especially injured workers.

Governor – Roy Cooper
Lt. Governor – Linda Coleman
Attorney General – Josh Stein
Labor Commissioner – Charles Meeker
Insurance Commissioner – Wayne Goodwin
Secretary of State – Elaine Marshall
State Auditor – Beth Wood
State Treasurer – Dan Blue, III
Superintendent of Public Instruction – June Atkinson
N.C. Supreme Court: Judge Mike Morgan
N.C. Court of Appeals (Dietz seat): Judge Vince Rozier
N.C. Court of Appeals (Zachary seat): Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell
N.C. Court of Appeals (Hunter seat): Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr.
N.C. Court of Appeals (Stephens seat): Judge Linda Stephens
N.C. Court of Appeals (Geer seat): Judge Margaret Eagles

Click here to download a sample ballot for your district.

2016 Voter Guide

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The 2016 Presidential and General Election is coming up Nov. 8.

Here are some important dates and things to remember as you head to the polls in North Caorlina:

Oct. 20-Nov. 5 – One-stop early voting
Click here to find early voting locations in your community.

Nov. 1 is the last day to request an absentee ballot in North Carolina
N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form (English)
N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form (Spanish)

Nov. 8 – Election Day

Do I need to show a photo ID to vote?

Because the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law this summer, registered voters are NOT be required to show an ID when voting in person this fall.

However, certain first-time voters casting their ballots in person or by mail may have to show some form of identification.

Under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, first-time voters who at the time of their initial voter registration did not provide their North Carolina driver license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, or who provided a number that could not be validated, will be required to show identification when they vote. This identification does not have to be a photo ID. A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document are acceptable.

How should I vote?

We encourage you to do your own research into the candidates and various state and local races. To help with your decision making, look for our 2016 endorsement guide soon on the blog. You may also print out a customized sample ballot to take with you to the polls on Nov. 8.

Holiday Food Drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry

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The Deuterman Law Group will once again be collecting donations for Greensboro Urban Ministry food bank this holiday season.

You can drop off food donations at our offices in Greensboro (317 S. Greene St.) or Winston-Salem (514 S. Stratford Road)  or at one of these other convenient drop-off locations:

Carolina Theatre – 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro
Appletree Academy– 1917 Lendew St., Greensboro
Nouveau Salon – 5002 High Point Road, Suite G, Greensboro
9Round – 2002 New Garden Road, Greensboro

Urban Ministry collects and redistributes food to as many as 110 people a day. Last year, the food bank collected more than 1 million pounds of food and distributed 22,942 bags of groceries to hungry Greensboro residents.

Please help Urban Ministry feed hungry people in our community by bringing a donation of canned or non-perishable food to one of the drop-off locations. Please, no glass containers or opened packages, but please consider donating the following these items:

Protein Sources
• Tuna, Salmon, etc.
• Beef Stew, Spam, Corned Beef
• Peanut Butter, 18 oz.
Vegetables
• Greens, e.g. Turnip, Mixed Vegetables
• Peas (green)
• Tomatoes, Corn, Green Beans
Fruits
• Peaches, Pears, Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce
Other Items
• Soups
• Sugar, 2 lbs.
• Dry milk
• Oatmeal, 18 oz.
• Macaroni & cheese
• Bags of dry beans
• Rice, 1 lb. or larger bags
Infant and Baby Care
• Diapers, all sizes
• Formula
• Baby food
Dietary Supplements
• Ensure

We are also proud to sponsor the Carolina Classic Holiday Movie series at the Carolina Theatre. The theater will have collection boxes for Urban Ministry set up in its lobby. When you donate food, you will receive a free Deuterman law group holiday tote bag.

The Deuterman Law Group will once again be sponsoring the holiday movie series at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St.

Make plans to attend one of these festive films this holiday season, and don’t forget your food donation for Urban Ministry:

Monday, Dec 14 at 7 p.m.: It’s a Wonderful Life
Tuesday, Dec 15 at 7 p.m.: Miracle on 34th Street
Wednesday, Dec 16 at 7 p.m.: Holiday Inn
Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.: Scrooged
Monday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: White Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: A Christmas Story
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: It’s a Wonderful Life

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, seniors & military.

Operation Shoebox Donation Locations

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Did you get a lot of holiday shopping done during the long Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you didn’t forget to pick up a few things for Operation Shoebox, the wonderful organization that sends care packages to deployed troops.

This year, the Deuterman Law Group has organized a donation drive for Operation Shoebox with the help of lots of local businesses.

You can drop off donations of personal care items and nonperishable snacks at our offices or any of the locations listed below through Dec. 14. The items will be sent to service members serving overseas. They will receive them before the holidays.

Operation Shoebox Drop-Off Locations in the Triad

Deuterman Law Group

Carolina Theatre

The Hand Center

Hughes Supply in Thomasville

Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville

Jackson Library at UNCG

Mb-F Incorporated

Matthews Mobile Media

Guilford Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center

Providence Baptist Church in Stoneville

Charlotte Business Journal in Charlotte

Me & E

Costello Hill & Co.

Iron Hen

E.M. Holt Elementary School in Burlington

Southern Alamance High School in Graham

Le Salon in Burlington

Kemco Electric in Graham

South Court Drug in Graham

All Star Copying & Printing

The Reynolds Center at Greensboro College

Haynes-Inman Education Center in Jamestown

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for more information about events we’ll be sponsoring in conjunction with the Operation Shoebox donation drive.


 

Operation Shoebox Donation List

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Last week, we told you about Operation Shoebox, the organization our staff has chosen to support this holiday season. We are collecting items for care packages for deployed troops who can’t be home for the holidays.

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Here’s a reminder of the best items to buy to donate.

 

Operation Shoebox Donation List

Candy                                               

Heat-resistant candy (hard candy)

Cough drops

Gum

 

Correspondence

Writing paper/envelopes

Pens/pencils

 

Drinks/Snacks

Instant coffee

Powdered drink mixes

Beef jerky

Small boxes of cereal

Pop-Tarts

Ramen noodles

Pop-top ravioli cans

Tuna kits

 

Games/Books

Playing cards

Crossword puzzles

Sudoko books

Local newspapers

Magazines

 

Other

Plastic zippered bags

AA and AAA batteries

Bug spray

Duct tape

Disposable cameras

Battery-operated fans

Pre-paid phone cards

Fly strips

 

Please don’t procrastinate. All donations will be collected on Dec. 14, so Operation Shoebox can ship the items to the troops in time for the holidays.

Thank you in advance for your donations. And be sure to visit our Facebook page for special events tied to our Operation Shoebox drive!

Operation Shoebox Care Packages for Troops

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Every year, the staff at the Deuterman Law Group chooses a charitable organization to support.

This year, we are sponsoring a donation drive for Operation Shoebox — Supporting Our Troops.

 

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Operation Shoebox is a  wonderful organization that collects personal care items, non perishable food and other items for care packages for deployed service members. It’s a way of giving our troops a small taste of home and thanking them for their service.

While U.S. troops in Iraq are set to return home soon, there are still 150,000 soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors deployed to Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

Normally, the leadership at our firm selects the charity that we will support for the year. But this year, we asked for recommendations from our staff. One of our paralegals suggested Operation Shoebox. Her husband is a former Marine. He now works as a military contractor and recently returned from a deployment. When Jody shared information about Operation Shoebox and the work the organization does, the rest of the staff wholeheartedly embraced this organization.

And I do mean wholeheartedly.

In addition to donating items for the care packages, our staff members reached out to schools and businesses in the local community and asked if they would be collection drop zones for Operation Shoebox. About two dozen agreed!

The Deuterman Law Group and these partners will be accepting donations for Operation Shoebox through Dec. 14. What we collect will be mailed to deployed troops in time for the holidays!

We’re very excited about the widespread support of Operation Shoebox, and we can’t wait to see how much we’re able to collect over the next several weeks.

Now, I’d like to challenge you to donate to Operation Shoebox. We have convenient locations throughout the Triad where you can donate. And we’ve compiled a list of the troops’ most wanted and most needed items. These are things you can pick up when you’re at the grocery store or while you’re doing your Black Friday shopping.

In addition to the items listed below, please consider writing a thank you note or having your children send cards and artwork to the troops. These are some favorite care package items.

Operation Shoebox Drop-Off Locations in the Triad

Deuterman Law Group

Carolina Theatre

The Hand Center

Hughes Supply in Thomasville

Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville

Jackson Library at UNCG

Mb-F Incorporated

Matthews Mobile Media

Guilford Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center

Providence Baptist Church in Stoneville

Charlotte Business Journal in Charlotte

Me & E

Costello Hill & Co.

Iron Hen

E.M. Holt Elementary School in Burlington

Southern Alamance High School in Graham

Le Salon in Burlington

Kemco Electric in Graham

South Court Drug in Graham

All Star Copying & Printing

The Reynolds Center at Greensboro College

Haynes-Inman Education Center in Jamestown

Operation Shoebox Donation List

Operation Shoebox Donation List

Candy                                               

Heat-resistant candy (hard candy)

Cough drops

Gum

 

Correspondence

Writing paper/envelopes

Pens/pencils

 

Drinks/Snacks

Instant coffee

Powdered drink mixes

Beef jerky

Small boxes of cereal

Pop-Tarts

Ramen noodles

Pop-top ravioli cans

Tuna kits

 

Games/Books

Playing cards

Crossword puzzles

Sudoko books

Local newspapers

Magazines

 

Other

Plastic zippered bags

AA and AAA batteries

Bug spray

Duct tape

Disposable cameras

Battery-operated fans

Pre-paid phone cards

Fly strips

 

Thank you in advance for your donations. And be sure to visit our Facebook page for special events tied to our Operation Shoebox drive!

 

Congratulations to our Best Lawyer

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Firm founder Daniel L. Deuterman has received a prestigious awards from his peers in the legal community.

Dan has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in workers’ compensation law.  The award recognizes attorneys’ experience, expertise and reputation among their peers.

For nearly three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

More about Dan’s inclusion in the Best Lawyers guide:

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey. Attorneys do not pay to advertise in the guide or to be considered for inclusion. As a result, the annual Best Lawyers publication is considered one of the most respected attorney referral lists. In the United States, only about 3.5 percent of practicing attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers.

Congratulations to Dan on his outstanding achievements.

 

 

Deuterman Family Makes Donation to Local Hospital

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Women’s Hospital of Greensboro is even more inviting thanks to a piece of original art donated by the parents of a former patient. “A Special Delivery” is a gift to the hospital from Dan and Dawne Deuterman of  the Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro.

“It is a generous gesture on the part of the Deutermans to donate the painting to Women’s Hospital, with the proceeds from the purchase benefiting the March of Dimes,” Cindy Farrand, Vice President/Administrator, Women’s Hospital says.  

The Deutermans bought the painting at the Chef’s Auction, a local fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The Deuterman Law Group was a sponsor of the event, which funds programs designed to reduce the incidence of premature births.

“Though he is healthy and happy today, our son Jake weighed just two pounds at birth and spent five months in Neonatal Intensive Care,” Dan Deuterman says. “That means we had an up-close look at the skill and dedication of the team at Women’s Hospital and at the resources offered by the March of Dimes. We’re delighted to be able to honor both organizations and the families they serve.”

 “A Special Delivery” was created by Greensboro artist David Gaadt and portrays the arm and hand of a surgeon cradling a small infant. Gaadt painted the image from a photo by Paul Kuroda. The painting now hangs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s Hospital.

Attorney Ben Burnside Joins The Deuterman Law Group

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Benjamin Burnside, a native of Greensboro, has joined The Deuterman Law Group as an associate attorney. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003 with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and religion.  He earned his juris doctorate in 2006 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in the same year he was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar. 

Benjamin is passionate about trial work and about representing the rights of injured workers.

While a law student, Benjamin completed internships with The Deuterman Law Group and with U.S. Middle District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr.  Today he is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Greensboro Bar Association, and the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group. 

Benjamin’s areas of practice include Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. 

 

DLG Employees spread holiday cheer at nursing home

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For the second year, the Deuterman Law Group helped spread holiday cheer at Britthaven of Guilford, an assisted living and rehabilitation facility in Greensboro.

Employees delivered holiday gift bags to the home’s 120 elderly and disabled residents, many who do not have family with which to share the holidays.

Paralegal Erin Quintrell and her family volunteer at the nursing home weekly with their congregation at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3228 Hines Chapel Road, Greensboro. Quintrell’s husband, who is a Sunday school teacher and lay minister, leads church services at Britthaven every Tuesday night.

Two years ago, Quintrell brought in tags from Britthaven’s angel tree and asked her employers and coworkers if they’d each be willing to sponsor a resident and buy gifts for that person for the holidays. Dan and Dawne Deuterman, who founded the Deuterman Law Group, decided to support Quintrell’s charitable work by paying for the gifts for all the residents.

“I think I started crying,” said Quintrell, who thought she’d have to recruit many donors to fulfill her dream of providing gifts for every Britthaven resident. “These residents have become like my family.”

The Deutermans decided to do the same this holiday season, buying fleece blankets, socks, toiletries, Christmas ornaments, water bottles and sugar-free candy for the 50 men and 70 women who live at Britthaven. Personal Care Inc., a Greensboro-base home health care company, also provided some stadium blankets for the residents.

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