Ann Soden

The National Institute of Law, Policy and Aging and its Elder Law Clinic serves as a collaborative, interdisciplinary leader in the field of law and aging (Elder Law), working to strengthen and defend the legal rights, dignity, autonomy and security of older persons through research, education and legal advocacy throughout Québec. We use approaches to justice which best conform to the older client’s concept of justice, and to their desired vehicles for achieving justice.

Our mission also embraces an important social objective of fostering Canadian research and advocacy on legal and ethical issues affecting older persons, including such social policy issues as age discrimination and exploitation and abuse. We promote aspirational practice standards in matters of powers of attorney / mandates, capacity, autonomy, protection, legal representation and for the development of excellence in housing, care facilities, economic security, health care, later life planning, end-of-life decision-making and access to legal services.



To my father, James Arthur Soden M.C., Q.C., for giving me a love of the law and social justice;
To my mother, the late Edna Amy McConkey R.N., for being an inspiration in
caring; and
To my grandmother, the late Violet Ida McNamara Soden, for her zest at every stage of life.