LAWYERS FOR THE POOR. THE POOR
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Lawyers For The Poor
- (lawyer) a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
- A person who practices or studies law; an attorney or a counselor
- A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person licensed to practice law.
- (Lawyer (fish)) The burbot (Lota lota), from old french barbot, is the only freshwater gadiform (cod-like) fish. It is also known as mariah, the lawyer, and (misleadingly) eelpout, and closely related to the common ling and the cusk. It is the only member of the genus Lota.
- Worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality
- poor people: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group); "the urban poor need assistance"
- hapless: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
- (of a place) Inhabited by people without sufficient money
- having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
- Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society
Another prize for a Hero
New York City, April 13, 2011—PEN American Center today named Nasrin Sotoudeh, a writer, lawyer, and leader of the women’s and children’s rights movement in Iran, as the recipient of its 2011 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. Sotoudeh was arrested on September 4, 2010, and is now serving an 11-year sentence for her outspoken advocacy in defense of her clients arrested after the June 2009 presidential elections and interviews she gave to human rights organizations and media about their cases.
The award, which honors international literary figures who have been persecuted or imprisoned for exercising or defending the right to freedom of expression, will be presented at PEN’s Annual Gala on April 26, 2011, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, a close friend and associate of Ms. Sotoudeh, will attend the PEN Gala on April 26, 2011, and receive the award on her behalf. Ms. Ebadi, who is the author of Iran Awakening and the newly released memoir The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny, will be available for interviews in conjunction with the event.
“Nasrin Sotoudeh not only embodies the spirit of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, but also the spirit of this remarkable year,” said Kwame Anthony Appiah, president of PEN American Center. “As a writer, as an activist, and as a lawyer she has dedicated herself to a simple and powerful idea: the principle that the rights guaranteed by law are absolute and shared equally by all. At a moment when women and men around the world are standing together peacefully to reclaim this most basic truth, she is in one of the world’s most infamous prisons, to the great shame of the Iranian government. In honoring her with this award, we stand with the millions of Iranians she has stood up for and inspired, and we urge individuals and governments around the world to join us in pressing for her immediate release.”
Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is 47 and the mother of two young children, began her activism in 1991 as the only female writer for the Nationalist-religious publication Daricheh Goftegoo; one of her first projects was to prepare a series of interviews, reports, and articles on Iranian women to mark International Women’s Day, all of which her editor refused to run. After completing her Master’s Degree in International Law at Shahid Behshti University, Sotoudeh passed the bar exam in 1995 but was not permitted to practice law for another eight years, and so she concentrated on journalism instead, writing for several reformist newspapers, including Jame’e. When she was finally granted a law license in 2003, she specialized in women’s and children’s rights while continuing to write articles addressing these issues. Her clients have included women’s rights activists, among them the organizers of the grassroots, door-to-door One Million Signatures Campaign; journalists such as Isa Sharkhiz; political activists such as Hashmat Tabarzadi, head of Iran’s banned opposition group the Democratic Front; and Shirin Ebadi herself. She has also represented prisoners sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors and many Iranian opposition activists arrested in the crackdown following the June 12, 2009 presidential elections.
On August 29, 2010, security officers raided Sotoudeh’s home and office, confiscating several of her files and documents. Authorities also froze her assets. On September 4, 2010, she was summoned to the special court in Evin prison and arrested on charges of “propaganda against the state,” “cooperating with the Human Rights Defenders Center,” and “conspiracy to disturb order.” She was denied access to her lawyer and was restricted family visits for the first several months of her detention.
On January 9, 2011, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Sotoudeh to a total of 11 years in prison—one year for “propaganda against the regime,” and a total of 10 years for the two charges of “acting against national security” and “violating the Islamic dress code (Hijab) in a filmed speech.” The court also banned her from practicing law and from traveling outside the country for 20 years, a term that begins after her release from prison and that for all intents and purposes confines her to Iran and bars her from her profession for life.
Sotoudeh has gone on several hunger strikes since her arrest, refusing even water during one 11-day stretch, to protest her detention and ill-treatment inside Evin Prison. She has reportedly lost a considerable amount of weight and is in poor health. She is being held in Ward 209 of Evin Prison, where she has spent much of the time in solitary confinement. Sotoudeh is still awaiting a decision in the court of appeals.
In announcing the award today in New York, Freedom to Write Program Director Larry Siems praised Nasrin Sotoudeh’s “unyielding spirit in her fight for justice, equality, and the rule of law in Iran.”
Rochester, High St, 97 (Poor Traveller's House)
Charity hostel for poor way-farers, now a museum with living accommodation above. Founded in 1586 by Richard Watts 'for a nights' lodging for six poor travellers not being rogues or proctors (ie lawyers)' and superceded when the larger almshouses were built by the Watts Charity in 1858 on Maidstone Road (qv Reference 11/175). Half timbered, 1586, refonted in Portland stone in 1771, but along the old lines; much renewed in 1604. The front range with (originally) one large room to each floor, subdivided to make a 2-room plan with central corridor, probably in 1604 when a rear stair turret (that cuts across a former window) and (at leat) one brick rear stack were also added. The remarkable survival is the storeyed late C16 rear wing with 3 rooms to each floor to house the poor travellers which, with its open gallery, seems to be modelled on contemporary coaching inns. 3 storeys. Front: symmetrical 3 bays, each under a coped gable with renewed stone finial. The centre bay projects very slightly above ground floor. Gables linked by parapet; moulded cornice; prominent plat band between each floor. Roundel in central gable wall containing heraldic achievement. 2-light windows with mullion and moulded surround, plain sill, the casements with diamond leaded panes. Below each window, a depressed panel in the form of an apron, most of them containing texts. Central doorway with moulded cornice, the wooden door surround with double ovolo moulding, considerably renewed. rear elevation of main range: stair turret (of 1604) gabled, with one 1st floor sash window: 2 large external stacks with set-offs and tumbled brickwork, one largely C19 but possibly replacing an older stack. The rear wing (into which the 1604 stack intrudes): brick and framing; roof slope (Kent tiles) continues as a catslide over upper gallery of 5? (originally 6) half open bays, the part bay blocked by stair turret with lath and plaster infill between uprights, the whole supported by 4 large posts (chamfered with run-outs) which divide the lower external corridor. All rooms (except those closest to the main range, altered when stair turret and stack inserted) have 2-light casements with stanchions and lift-off hinges in ovolo moulded surrounds. LBO
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