Sadie is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2018, where she was an Executive Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and a member of the Latino Law Students Association, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Human Rights Project, and Women’s Leadership Coalition. She also worked in Northwestern’s Children and Family Justice Center, where she engaged in post-dispositional advocacy for clients with juvenile adjudications. While a law student, Sadie worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp and at Sidley Austin in Los Angeles.
Sadie is a magna cum laude graduate of University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College, where she earned her B.A. in psychology. Before entering law school, she worked for a Portland immigration attorney, later relocating to the Bay Area where she worked as a project manager at a children’s services organization and as an adoption event coordinator for a regional humane society.
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down non-unanimous jury convictions in criminal cases in Ramos v. Louisiana. A shameful carryover from the Jim Crow era, Louisiana and Oregon were the last two states that allowed non-unanimous criminal convictions when as many as two jurors believed a defendant was innocent. Overnight, more than 260 cases in Oregon became eligible to seek post-conviction relief for unconstitutional non-unanimous convictions. Housed in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, the Ramos Project is a statewide pro-bono initiative providing legal assistance to those seeking redress.
It’s often the case that business attorneys shy away from justice-related pro bono work that requires appearing in court. Yet tax attorney Gwen Griffith has learned that stepping out of her lane returns value beyond measure.
Community Involvement & Activities
Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
Service to the Public Committee, Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon State Bar
2019, New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award
Thousands of volunteers from the community have stepped up to help in the historic effort to immunize Oregonians against COVID-19. Included in these ranks are attorneys Sadie Concepción, David Forman, Bob Koch, and Christopher Morehead.
Tonkon Torp litigators have contributed their expertise to a new treatise on civil litigation practice, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.
Attorneys Bob Koch and Sadie Concepción were featured panelists on a June 24 webinar hosted by the Multnomah Bar Association. The program, moderated by US District Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman, offered a variety of perspectives and options for civil litigators to contribute to the community through pro bono work.
Tonkon Torp attorney Sadie Concepción has won the Oregon State Bar’s 2019 New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award. Sadie logged an impressive 277 hours of direct legal services last year, including work with The CLiF Project, the District of Oregon’s Pro Bono Program, the ACLU of Oregon, and Legal Aid Roseburg.
Tonkon Torp has added two associates to the firm – Sadie Concepción in the Litigation Department, and Rebecca Ok in the Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Publications & Presentations
“Individual Parties and Representative Capacity,” Chapter, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation (2020 Edition), Oregon State Bar
Panelist, “Sharpening Your Skills Through Pro Bono Practice,” Multnomah Bar Association, June 2020